History, Evolution and Impact of Computer Games Week 1 Lecturer: David Nicol
Descriptor Overview • Lecturer will provide a brief look at Learning Outcomes – Assessments for this Unit – 10 mins.
Outcome 1 Describe the key historical developments relating to computer games Knowledge and/or Skills • Research skills • Analysis • Effective presentation techniques
What do I need to Research and provide evidence for in this unit ? • The History and Development of Computer Games from the advent of Personal Computers to the present day. • Identify key milestones in the evolution of computer games with regard to: • Technological advance • Genre • Platforms
Researching & Presenting Work • Outcome 1 looks at the history of computer games, how the timeline evolved as well as looking at the central figures in this development. • Candidates are encouraged to keep a blog of their work as an electronic portfolio. • 300 word essay or electronic, verbal or signed presentation lasting for 3 minutes.
Video - A Brief History of Video Games Until 2013 • We all have our own favourite games. • Nostalgia can play a part • The author of the following video has considered the included games as a brief history – it is not definitive (as he declares at the end) but covers the development of games in a short space of time and is a good place to start. • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoyGlyrYb9c
Where Could I Source Information? • Online/Websites – remembering to cite/quote and declare sources (keep weblinks and other sources used for a bibliography). • Books • Newspapers • Gaming Magazines • Retro Gaming Sources (Websites/Publications) • Videos
Week 1 Introductory Research Task • Work in groups of 2-3 and research some key games developed/technological developments in the following decades – completing the following slides. • Spend about 6-8 minutes on each slide and make a summary of key developments (considered by your group).
Web Sites To Get You Started Online Timelines • http://www.museumofplay.org/icheg-game-history/timeline/ • http://www.infoplease.com/spot/gamestimeline1.html The Evolution of Gaming • http://mashable.com/2015/01/08/gaming-tech-ces/
Does the Group Believe that there was one defining era which really transformed gaming? Justify.
Can you think of two periods in time when computer/video games crashed/slumped and reasons why?
Save and Distribute Presentation • Create a folder to store work for the unit – can abbreviate as Game History – Your Name. • Save a copy of group presentation to your workspace. • Always keep a backup
Visit a site like below and play two popular classic retro games from different game genres. Complete the review tables on following slides. • http://game-oldies.com/ • http://www.online-games-zone.com/pages/classic.php • http://neave.com/games/
Further Reading • www.retrogamer.net