LO1 - Lesson 2 - Characters

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LO1 - Lesson 2 - Characters

  1. 1. History of Games Lesson 2
  2. 2. Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games Mario vs Sonic  Think about the attributes of each character and describe the similarities and differences between them both.
  3. 3.  Know important characters in video game history  Understand key features of a platform game  Be able to compare two popular video games Lesson Goals #character #platform
  4. 4. What is a platform game? Think about platform games that you are familiar with… Understand video game features Be able to play early video games #gameplay #control
  5. 5.  A platform game is on in which the player controls a character jumping or climbing over surfaces and obstacles to progress: Platform Games Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games #gameplay #control
  6. 6.  Donkey Kong was an early arcade platform game in which the player controlled Jump Man.  Jump Man (later renamed Mario) had to climb ladders and jump from suspended platforms.  While doing this the player had to avoid barrels and other objects thrown by Donkey Kong.  The objective was to rescue his girlfriend from Donkey Kong. Platform Games Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games #character #platform
  7. 7. Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games Side Scrolling Super Mario Bros 1985
  8. 8. Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games 2nd Gen Scrolling Sonic the Hedgehog 1990
  9. 9. Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games 3D Platformer Crash Bandicoot 1996
  10. 10. Mario vs Sonic Why are Mario and Sonic such well known characters? Understand video game features Be able to play early video games #gameplay #control
  11. 11.  Mario first appeared in 1981 but was originally given the name Jump Man in the Donkey Kong arcade game. Mario Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games #character #platform  The original character had a moustache so that the designers didn’t have to make his mouth move when animated.  There have been various arcade, console and hand held Mario games including:  Super Mario Bros  Mario Kart  Super Smash Bros  Mario Tennis
  12. 12. Sonic Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games #character #platform  Sonic first appeared in 1991, a full 10 years after Mario and was credited for bringing platform games into the 90s.  Sonic actually made his debut in a game called Rad Mobile as an air freshener hanging from a car’s rear view mirror.  There have been many games featuring Sonic the Hedgehog including:  Sonic the Hedgehog  Sonic Dash  Sonic Athletics  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
  13. 13.  The success of a video game can hinge on the main character that the game is based upon. Both Mario and Sonic became iconic for their generation.  Other notable characters include:  Lara Croft - Tomb Raider  Gordon Freeman - Half Life  Ryu - Street Fighter  Solid Snake - Metal Gear Solid  Link - Legend of Zelda  Pikachu - Pokemon Red  Nathan Drake - Uncharted Characters Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games #character #platform
  14. 14.  Go to freemario.org and freesonic.org and play both games. Your Task Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games #character #platform  Use the review template provided to comment on the key gameplay features and the key attributes of Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.  You must identify:  Similarities – Which features are common between both Mario and Sonic the hedgehog?  Differences – What makes each of the characters unique?
  15. 15. Keywords  Character  Platform  The user acting as the player in a game or others in the game such as enemies.  A game where the player controls a character jumping or climbing over surfaces. Understand key platform features Be able to compare video games #character #platform

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