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Angry Pixels: 50 years of video game history

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Presentation given to DADIU game students on video game history, September 2012

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Angry Pixels: 50 years of video game history

  1. 1. Angry PixelsThe first 50 years of video gamesJonas Heide Smithjonas@autofire.dk@jonassmith
  2. 2. www.facebook.com/understandingvideogames
  3. 3. The first 505000 yearsof videogames
  4. 4. Games!?
  5. 5. Galaga (1981) Galaxian (1979)Space Invaders (1978) Gorf (1981)
  6. 6. Defender (1980)Asteroids (1979)
  7. 7. Space Panic (1980) Donkey Kong (1981) Mario Bros. (1983)
  8. 8. “Everybody loves Pac- Man - and every decent Pac-Man fan has Pac- Man carpets on the floor, Pac-Man curtains at the windows, sleeps in a Pac- Man pyjamas and dries himself in Pac-ManThe Pac-Man Show(ABC, 1982-1983) towels.”
  9. 9. Balance of Power (1985, 1990 version shown)
  10. 10. “Instead ofputting funnylittle creatureson yourscreen, weput you insideour stories...All words. Nopictures.”
  11. 11. King’s Quest (1984)
  12. 12. Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987)
  13. 13. Maniac Mansion (1987)
  14. 14. Elite (1984)
  15. 15. Sid Meier’s Pirates! (1987)
  16. 16. Little Computer People (1985)
  17. 17. Tetris (1984)
  18. 18. Nintendo Entertainment System (1985, USA)
  19. 19. SEGA Mega Drive (1988)
  20. 20. 7th Guest (1993)
  21. 21. Phantasmagoria (1995)
  22. 22. Mortal Kombat (1992)
  23. 23. Mortal Kombat offers “childrenexciting new ways to maim,dismember, and murder unsavoryopponents in a sadistic martial-artstournament" where "it is considereda mark of success… to rip the headand spine out of an opponent andwave it in the air while the bloodflows to the ground"Montreal Gazette 7 Aug. 1994
  24. 24. DOOM (1993)
  25. 25. Night Trap (1992)
  26. 26. Ultima Online (1997)
  27. 27. Grand Theft Auto (2001)
  28. 28. “Children are playing agame that encouragesthem to have sex withprostitutes and thenmurder them...This isa silent epidemic ofmedia desensitisationthat teaches kids it’sokay to diss peoplebecause they are awoman, they’re adifferent colour orthey’re from a differentplace.”Hillary Clinton, 2005
  29. 29. Guitar Hero (2005)
  30. 30. Wii (2006)
  31. 31. iPhone (2007)
  32. 32. iShoot (2008)
  33. 33. Canabalt (2009)
  34. 34. Wordfeud (2010)
  35. 35. Angry Birds (2010)
  36. 36. Limbo (2010)
  37. 37. What now?
  38. 38. What now?
  39. 39. Games Film500 467375250125 0 5 2007 1%...
  40. 40. “Games differ fromother funding-entitledart forms, since theyare more aboutmovement and actionthan about language.”Carina Christensen,2001 (in email)
  41. 41. @jonassmith

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