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The rises and crashes - Final thoughts on the History of Video Games. Game accessibility guidelines | A straightforward reference for inclusive game design. How to Talk About Videogames | Ian Bogost. Videogames! Aren’t they the medium of the twenty-first century? The new cinema? The apotheosis of art and entertainment, the realization of Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk? The final victory of interaction over passivity?

Delving into popular, familiar games like Flappy Bird, Mirror’s Edge, Mario Kart, Scribblenauts, Ms. Noting that the term games criticism once struck him as preposterous, Bogost observes that the idea, taken too seriously, risks balkanizing games writing from the rest of culture, severing it from the “rivers and fields” that sustain it. Contents Introduction: Nobody Asked for a Toaster CriticThe Squalid Grace of Flappy BirdA Portrait of the Artist as a Game StudioA Way of LookingThe Blue Shell Is Everything That’s Wrong with AmericaLittle Black Sambo, I’m Going to Eat You Up!

Endorsements “This is Ian Bogost at his best. “No one else is as wide-ranging, funny, or inspiringly immune to cant or groupthink as Ian Bogost. Reviews (did you write a review I don’t know about? Master of Play. When Shigeru Miyamoto was a child, he didn’t really have any toys, so he made his own, out of wood and string. He put on performances with homemade puppets and made cartoon flip-books. He pretended that there were magical realms hidden behind the sliding shoji screens in his family’s little house. There was no television.

His parents were of modest means but hardly poor. This was in the late nineteen-fifties and early nineteen-sixties, in the rural village of Sonobe, about thirty miles northwest of Kyoto, in a river valley surrounded by wooded mountains. As he got older, he wandered farther afield, on foot or by bike. He explored a bamboo forest behind the town’s ancient Shinto shrine and bushwhacked through the cedars and pines on a small mountain near the junior high school. Fishermen have a saying, in reference to the addictive sensation of a fish hitting your line: “The tug is the drug.” What he hasn’t created is a company in his own name, or a vast fortune to go along with it. The Secret History of Donkey Kong. [As we reach the 30-year anniversary of the title that made Shigeru Miyamoto a superstar developer, a complicated tale of secret development contracts and protracted legal battles emerges from the ether.]

Donkey Kong is perhaps the greatest outsider game of all time. It broke all the rules because its creator, the now-legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, didn't know them to begin with. It not only launched the career of gaming's most celebrated creative mind, it gave birth to the jump-and-run platform genre as we know it, and established Nintendo as perhaps the industry's longest standing superpower.

Thirty years later, Donkey Kong remains one of gaming's most recognizable icons, and still much of its story is untold. Most accounts of its development treat Miyamoto as if he was the only man in the room; that his sketches, ideas, and sprites were brought to life either by magic or some worker bees too unimportant to even mention. Ikegami Co. Alas, Radar Scope was not a hit in America. Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani talks 35th anniversary.

It’s hard to imagine a world without Pac-Man. To date, the game has been released on every game system ever created. The new Sony Pictures (sne, +2.89%) movie Pixels features a 30-foot-tall 3D Pac-Man invading the streets of New York City. And according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the little yellow guy is the most recognized video game character in the world. Professor Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man, discusses with Fortune how Pac-Man has endured 35 years, and what he sees for the future of Pac-Man and the game industry. Where did the idea for the original Pac-Man come from? In the late ‘70s, most arcade games featured gameplay a bit more on the violent side with killing aliens and such. When did you know that you had something special with Pac-Man? What do you think it is about Pac-Man that has allowed the game to remain so popular for 35 years?

There is also the fun situation when roles are reversed and the Ghosts are pursued by Pac-Man. What are you working on these days? PacMan and Beyond. Early Arcade Games. Spacewar! Program Versions & Sources The emulation is running various versions of the original game, both from binaries copies of the original paper tapes and newly assembled from authentic code listings. The programs are loaded as virtual paper tapes (RIM-mode: Read In Memory) into the memory of the emulated DEC PDP-1. Spacewar! 3.1, the final version of Spacewar! (Please mind that the title screens are generated by the emulator and are not part of the original games.) There are two display resolutions to select from: Versions available (by the "versions menu" at the top left of the emulated display): Spacewar!

Note on Scoring In the original game, the game halts at the end of a match (which may be set up for a spefic number of games by console switches not implemented in this emulation) and scores are displayed in binary using the console lights for the accumulator and the IO-register. .) At the top right of the screen). The Emulator at the top right of the screen). Notes on the CRT-Emulation The Game. Stewart Brand Recalls First 'Spacewar' Video Game Tournament - Rolling Stone. The first video game tournament was held on October 19th, 1972. Competitors gathered at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab in Los Altos, California to do battle in the sci-fi rocket combat game Spacewar. At the time, the lab was one of the only a handful of locales in the world with hardware sophisticated enough to run it.

The event was put together by Stewart Brand, best known today for his leadership of the Long Now Foundation, but then a 33 year-old writer and editor who was in the midst of working on a magazine feature story for Rolling Stone. The story was about the tremendous potential of computers to unleash creativity and change society.

And as far as Brand was concerned, nothing seemed to embody that potential more than video games. His epic 9,000-word feature ran in a December 1972 issue of the magazine, between a cover story about Carlos Santana and an advertisement for The Connoisseur's Handbook of Marijuana. Brand found Engelbart's vision of tomorrow thrilling. Video Game History Timeline | The Strong. The History Of Pinball Machines | Worldwide Pinball Machine Delivery From BMI Gaming. The "ancestor" of all pinball machines is acknowledged to be the 19th century "Bagatelle-Table", a sort of hybrid between a "pin table" and pool table.

Players tried to hit balls with cue sticks and get them into pockets or slots surrounded by nails and pins. Another step towards the modern pinball form occurred sometime at the end of 19th century, when inventor Montague Redgrave patented a device called a "ball shooter", which was based on the recently invented steel spring.

Games similar to this pictured below were first popular in bars and cafes in France and America, but they were not coin operated - Players first exchanged money for balls to play with, then if players obtained a high enough score, they would be awarded free drinks, meals and or cigarettes. Soon after came the introduction of the first coin-operated Bagatelle and "Bingo" pin tables : The first coin-operated "pinball machine" was invented in 1931 by Automatic Industries and was called "Whiffle Board". Truthout | Fearless, Independent News and Opinion. The Secret History of Leftist Board Games. Elizabeth Magie, inventor of The Landlord's Game, holds her game next to Monopoly.

(Photo: Achetron.com, via Creative Commons) Think board games are "just games"? Think again. There's a little known but vibrant history of leftist board games that stand in opposition to the endless number of other games about war, conquest and profiteering. (Which, admittedly, I grew up playing and loving.) And though some might scoff at the idea, ultimately, we can't keep politics out of gaming, and in fact, we shouldn't try. Wait, what? The answer to this is both yes and no. It might be hard to believe, but infamous Monopoly, the game of ripping off your friends and getting angry with your family during the holidays, has its roots in a movement for economic change. The most well-known story is that Monopoly was created in the 1930s during the Great Depression by a man named Charles Darrow.

This is one version of what The Landlord's Game looked like. According to a 2015 article in The New York Times: Dr. Reaching people. The Meaning of Life. In 1860, the year Abraham Lincoln was elected President, a lanky, long-nosed, twenty-three-year-old Yankee named Milton Bradley invented his first board game, on a red-and-ivory checkerboard of sixty-four squares.

He called it the Checkered Game of Life. Play starts at the board’s lower-left corner, on an ivory square labelled Infancy—illustrated by a tiny, black-inked lithograph of a wicker cradle—and ends, usually but not always, at Happy Old Age, at the upper right, though landing on Suicide, with a noose around your neck, is more common than you might think, and means, inconveniently, that you’re dead. “The game represents, as indicated by the name, the checkered journey of life,” Bradley explained, in his Rules of the Game. There are good patches, and bad, in roughly equal number. On the one hand: Honesty, Bravery, Success. On the other: Poverty, Idleness, Disgrace. The Checkered Game of Life made Milton Bradley a brand name. “No.” “Yeah, right. In his application to the U.S. The Secret History of Wonder Woman - Jill Lepore. A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time.

Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator.

Checkered Game of Life – The Big Game Hunter. By Bruce Whitehill Based on a talk given by the author at the 2010 Board Game Studies Colloquium in Paris. The United States in 1860. Immigration from Europe continued, following the emigration of more than 1.3 million people from England and, especially, Ireland over the previous decade. Life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was less than 44 years, though a man in his 20s could be expected to live, on average, to 60. There were 33 states. The population was over 31 million, 4 million of whom were slaves. The country was divided between the slave owners in the Confederate states of the South and the abolitionists—those against slavery—in the Union states of the North. In the heart of this area, Springfield, Massachusetts, one man, Milton Bradley, a draughtsman in his early 20s, decided to embark on a business that would not only alter his life, but change the impact that games had on society for educational and recreational activities in the United States and Europe.

Milton Bradley Co. EJ1070237. Financial Games. Dungeons and Dragons - emergence of tabletop role playing games. War-inspired Games. Rules, Play and Culture - Interesting Points. History of Playing Cards. History of board games. Early Tabletop game Equipment -video notes. American Board and Card Game History - Google Arts & Culture. Rules, Play and Culture. Rules, Play and Culture: Towards an Aesthetic of Games Frank Lantz & Eric Zimmerman word count: ~2500 Chess and Doom.

The Olympics and The American Gladiators. Pong, Pac Man, and Super Mario 64. Proliferating and mutating, appropriating and diversifying, games continually take on radically new and unexpected forms. The most hyped vectors of the computer age — virtual spaces, multiple identities, online communities, interactive narratives, artificial intelligence — find their most robust manifestations in the culture of games.

Yet serious efforts to develop a general understanding of games are surprisingly rare, even among the communities of people who create them. The complex pleasures and experiences of games demand their own rigorous investigation. Games as Systems A game is a system. But the game of chess is much more than the set of instructions needed to move the pieces on the board: the players’ intellectual and emotional interaction during a game is also the system of chess. History of Dice | Awesome Dice Blog. Dice is all we do here at Awesome Dice, and as often as we talk about the bad old days of coloring in dice with crayons from the Dungeons & Dragons boxed set, that was actually very recently in the history of dice.

As it turns out, dice date back about as long as human civilization does, with the earliest dice found in Egyptian tombs and archeological digs in ancient Sumeria. Here is a brief timeline of the history of dice. Below we’ll talk about some of the sources and debunk a couple of the false claims of oldest dice. Sources Because we’re big fans of good science here at Awesome Dice, here is the complete list of all dice facts from the History of Dice infographic along with the source for each piece of data. After this we’ll address some of the info that didn’t make it into this history, and why: History of Dice Dice have been used in games throughout the history of civilization, from ancient Egypt and Sumeria to Dungeons & Dragons. Some Debunking Updates Share this post:

Knavery of the Rump, 1679. The Knavery of the Rump engraved playing cards, first published in 1679, are a satirical portrayal of Oliver Cromwell's Government during the period of the Rump Parliament 1648-53. The illustrations on the cards provide a rare visual impression of the times. We see not only the military warring factions, but the humbler souls of town and countryside in traditional dress. The title card (second row) is inscribed “The Knavery of the Rump, Lively represented in a Pack of Cards. To be sold by R.T. (Randal Taylor) near Stationers Hall and at the Black Bull in Cornhill.” The backs are plain. This pack was engraved from designs by the artist Francis Barlow, and a copy of the pack was owned by Lord Nelson.

Above: cards from the facsimile edition courtesy Giles de Margary. The Goldsmid Facsimile edition of 1886 titled “A Pack of Cavalier Playing Cards” can be viewed online: here (Project Gutenberg). Master PW Circular Cards. A pack of playing cards with five suits: roses, columbines, carnations, parrots and hares... everyday objects suggesting the natural world of life and fertility.

This pack of seventy-two round playing cards shows the artist in top creative form. The imagery depicts plants and animals based on the study of nature, rather than copied from artists' model books as previous engravers of cards had done (e.g. Master of the Playing Cards). Flowers are shown in various stages of bloom. The name of the engraver is unknown but he is known today as the Master P.W. due to his monogram. The inscription “Salve Felix Colonia” (Hail, happy Cologne) accompanied by three crowns of the Cologne coat of arms on the title card confirms that the cards were made in Cologne. Above: Master PW Circular Playing Cards (1499-1515 approx. dates of activity). The engraving of lines in metal in order to print on paper developed from the goldsmith's long-established practice of decorating metal with engraved patterns. Mancala. BoardGameGeek | Gaming Unplugged Since 2000. The Online Guide to Traditional Games.

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