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The rises and crashes - Final thoughts on the History of Video Games. A straightforward reference for inclusive game design. How to Talk About Videogames. Videogames!

How to Talk About Videogames

Aren’t they the medium of the twenty-first century? The new cinema? 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.

Master of Play

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.

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.]

The Secret History of Donkey Kong

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.

Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani talks 35th anniversary. It’s hard to imagine a world without Pac-Man.

Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani talks 35th anniversary

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. 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. Stewart Brand Recalls First 'Spacewar' Video Game Tournament - Rolling Stone. The first video game tournament was held on October 19th, 1972.

Stewart Brand Recalls First 'Spacewar' Video Game Tournament - Rolling Stone

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.

Video Game History Timeline. 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.

Worldwide Pinball Machine Delivery From BMI Gaming

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.

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.

The Secret History of Leftist Board Games

(Photo:, via Creative Commons) Think board games are "just games"? Think again. 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.

The Meaning of Life

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. 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.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman - Jill Lepore

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. 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. 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. 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.

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.”

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. Mancala. Gaming Unplugged Since 2000. The Online Guide to Traditional Games. Early Tabletop Games - Intro video.