Smoke and Mirrors:

IN DEPTH.

Two Years of research, interviews, and behind-the-scenes accounts of the story that lead to the creation of the Coleco Chameleon, considered one of the biggest scams in video game history.

GROUNDBREAKING.

You may think you’ve heard it all until you read this book. Never before released interviews and details on the story behind the video gaming villain, Mike Kennedy.

WE’RE CREATIVE.

Join Mike on his journey from hobby gamer to C.E.O. and back again and experience his highs and lows along the way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike James, born in 1970 first experienced gaming in the form of the British Prestel Machine (Press Telephone) in the late 70s. Next came the generic “Pong” machine from Binatone with an amazing 3 games on it, Tennis (Pong), Football and Squash. Basically using a long stick to hit a square ball but man the hours put into that thing!

Published author and co-founder and co-host of the Retro Gaming Roundup podcast since 2009.

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"There's something very suspicious about this crowdfunded retro games console named after the Colecovision."

Heidi Kemps - Motherboard

Some Fun Facts About the Book

Hours of Interviews
Pages
Years in the making
Years of Writing

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Thursday Quotes

As Retro magazine was considered a done deal and a viable business by Mike, his console idea took precedence and he saw it as his meal ticket.

He was wrong, very wrong.

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Thursday Quotes

Mike was called out several times as his once squeaky clean reputation began to unravel and things took a darker turn.

Was Mike just absent minded or was he malicious?

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The console idea was discussed with Mike’s podcast co-hosts and some industry veterans before Mike stole away the idea from under them.

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The Retro Gaming Roundup forums may be where Mike got his inspiration for building a video game console and bringing it to market.

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We’ve seen that Mike was spreading himself too thinly across his many projects as he tried to “corner the market on retro.”

He was also looking start even more projects while his current ones struggled.

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Three quotes this week, all relating to Mike’s lack of commitment while organising Classic Gaming Expo 2014.

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Thursday Quotes

Mike was stretching himself too thinly among his many projects and there were simply not enough hours in the day. Something had to give.

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Contact Info

Mike James

info@colecochameleon.org