Week 1--The Origins of Play.pdf - CCT334 \u2013 History and Theory of Game Production Prepared by Jason MacIsaac [email protected] Sheridan

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CCT334 – History and Theory of Game Production Prepared by Jason MacIsaac [email protected] Sheridan College/UTM Revised: 2020-01-06
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Ludology “,THE STUDY OF GAMES AND GAMING, ESPECIALLY VIDEO GAMES,” LEXICO.COM “NO RESULTS FOUND FOR LUDOLOGY . DID YOU MEAN KIDOLOGY ? ”, DICTIONARY.COM, JANUARY 2020 2
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Why Do We Play? The same reasons animals playfight? Some psychologists believe it can be traced back to early humanity Games originated within Hunter/Gather societies as practice for hunting and survival
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Part I: Influences—Games Before Video Games
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Q:What was the first ever game? A: Depends on who you ask.
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8000 B.C.D.: (Before Call of Duty) Traditional games and sports set the stage for videogames Many early game designers were fans of pen and paper/board games
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8000 – 7000 BCE: “The Dawn of Leisure Time” - Phil Robinson, director and curator of the Museum of Games and Gaming Human societies are more stable, and need new ways to pass the time
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5000 BCE: Mancala A two-player strategy game still played today “The first “board game” according to Phil Robinson, director and curator of the Museum of Games and Gaming Play Mancala!
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Or Weiqi The Board Game of Surrounding Believed to be the foundation of wargames Estimates have it dating as far back as 4000 BC Porcelain board from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD) is the oldest board that has been found When the game came to Japan, it became known as Go PLAY GO!
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Reliable evidence of Go makes it at least as old as Chess , but probably older However, an older game, the Royal Game of Ur , can be reliably documented (2600 BC) An Ur board from that time period has actually been discovered Ur is a racing game, not a wargame PLAY THE ROYAL GAME OF UR!
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Dice: might be the oldest gaming implement known to humanity Found in virtually every ancient culture: Japan, Africa, China, the Aztecs, the First Nations Sophocles claimed they were a Greek invention Others believe they originated in the Orient Egyptian Pharaohs and peasants used to play with dice (modern dice similar to Egyptian dice dating to back to 2000 BC)
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Some of history’s earliest records mention them Romans and Greeks popularized gambling with dice Early 18 th Century, dice games arrive in North America According to Hindu lore, Lord Shiva played dice with his wife, Parvati
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1355 BCE: Dominoes Dominoes were allegedly found in Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt (means they we around since 1355 BCE) Possibly also originated in China 1120 AD It is not clear if it is the same game as the Dominoes we know today
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868 CE: Playing Cards The Tang Dynasty Writings from this time describe Princess Tong Cheng playing “The Leaf Game” Sounds a lot like playing cards!
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Chess : first known version is Chaturanga —6 th or 7 th Century India Played with four players!
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