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CCT334 – History and Theory of Game Production Prepared by Jason MacIsaac [email protected] Sheridan College/UTM Revised: 2020-01-07
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Part I: The Slice of Pizza That (Momentarily) Changed the Universe
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The Witcher “I discovered the games, then I discovered the books, and the universe of The Witcher instantly meant something to me. I often thought about playing Geralt. When the opportunity appeared, I didn't let the chance pass me...” – Henry Cavill, October 2019
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“Madden View” (2017) NBC announces it will incorporate a view of the field based on Madden Football 1998: “1 st & 10” onfield graphics system makes Broadcast sports look more and more like video games, and video games look more and more like broadcast sports
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Culturalization Has Been Achieved. Video games are now embedded in much of the world’s culture It took awhile to get this far Video games change pop culture, and pop culture changed video games
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Zeitgeist noun , often capitalized zeit·geist \ˈtsīt-ˌgīst, ˈzīt-\ the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era - Miriam Webster
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Of Homages, Tributes and Outright Theft Early game developers were consumers of pop culture and entertainment Books, movies, TV shows, comics, Sports, comics and other games Space War creator Steve Russell was inspired by pulp novels of E.E. Smith Gary Gygax inspired by Tolkien Here’s David “Zeb” Cook, who loved the Avalon Hill wargame Afrika Korps
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Cook Was Inspired to Make Games of His Own…
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…And Keep Making Them.
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Meanwhile… Cook was the lead designer of the D&D “PlaneScape” campaign Which spanned a classic video game.
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Early Example—Inspiration 1981: Epyx s Crush, Crumble & Chomp for TRS-80 is inspired by monster movies In fact, it was subtitled “The Movie Monster Game” Fight as three different monsters in initial version (One called “Goshilla”)
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Early Example - Borrowing Circa 1975, a Star Trek game began appearing on networks of the day Not licensed, though no effort was made to make money off it Which is probably why the creators were not sued 1985: Star Fleet , a similar game, released commercially with no Star Trek references “Netrek” is still played today
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Early Example—Outright Theft 1983: Atari s I, Robot Clearly borrows from Asimov and George Orwell First game to use 3D polygonal graphics Not sued probably because it was not very successful
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Early Example—Outright Theft 1976: Exidy releases Death Race Probably based on the movie Death Race 2000 released the previous year First game to draw heat for its violence Some arcades refused to carry it
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If You Get To Close, the Lawyers Step In 1982: Taito is forced to change Jungle King to Jungle Hunt and change the character s appearance Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. believed it infringed upon Tarzan
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Locard’s Transfer Principle “Every contact leaves a trace” Games changes pop culture, pop culture changes game While video games were very obvious in their influence, the traditional mediums took a long time to acknowledge video games as a meaningful part of the culture
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Things Have Changed
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  • 1984, Video game console, Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment System, Mega Drive, I, Robot

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