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Angry Pixels: 50 years of video game history

  1. 1. Angry Pixels The first 50 years of video games Jonas Heide Smith jonas@autofire.dk @jonassmith
  2. 2. www.facebook.com/understandingvideogames
  3. 3. The first 50 5000 years of video games
  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-Man The Pac-Man Show (ABC, 1982-1983) towels.”
  9. 9. Balance of Power (1985, 1990 version shown)
  10. 10. “Instead of putting funny little creatures on your screen, we put you inside our stories... All words. No pictures.”
  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 “children exciting new ways to maim, dismember, and murder unsavory opponents in a sadistic martial-arts tournament" where "it is considered a mark of success… to rip the head and spine out of an opponent and wave it in the air while the blood flows 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 a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them...This is a silent epidemic of media desensitisation that teaches kids it’s okay to diss people because they are a woman, they’re a different colour or they’re from a different place.” 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 Film 500 467 375 250 125 0 5 2007 1%...
  40. 40. “Games differ from other funding-entitled art forms, since they are more about movement and action than about language.” Carina Christensen, 2001 (in email)
  41. 41. @jonassmith

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