ビデオゲーム史<br>The Video Game Explosion : A History from Pong to Playstation and Beyond

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ビデオゲーム史
The Video Game Explosion : A History from Pong to Playstation and Beyond

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 380 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780313338687
  • DDC分類 794.809

基本説明

Traces the growth of video games, showing how they have become and integral part of popular culture today.

Full Description


The Video Game Explosiontraces the growth of a global phenomenon that has become an integral part of popular culture today. All aspects of video games and gaming culture are covered inside this engaging reference, including the leading video game innovators, the technological advances that made the games of the late 1970s and those of today possible, the corporations that won and lost billions of dollars pursing this lucrative market, arcade culture, as well as the demise of free-standing video consoles and the rise of home-based and hand-held gaming devices.In the United States alone, the video game industry raked in an astonishing $12.5 billion last year, and shows no signs of slowing. Once dismissed as a fleeting fad of the young and frivolous, this booming industry has not only proven its staying power, but promises to continue driving the future of new media and emerging technologies. Today video games have become a limitless and multifaceted medium through which Fortune 50 corporations and Hollywood visionaries alike are reaching broader global audiences and influencing cultural trends at a rate unmatched by any other media.

Table of Contents

        Illustrations                              ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
A Brief Timeline of Video Game History xvii
Part I Looking at Video Games 1 (28)
What Is a Video Game? 3 (6)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Imaging Technologies 9 (4)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Modes of Exhibition 13 (4)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Influences and Precursors 17 (4)
Mark J. P. Wolf
The Study of Video Games 21 (8)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Part II The Early Days (Before 1985) 29 (78)
Mainframe Games and Simulations 31 (4)
David H. Ahl
Arcade Games of the 1970s 35 (10)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Video Games in Europe: The Early Years 45 (8)
David Winter
System Profile: The Magnavox Odyssey 50 (3)
David Winter
Early Home Video Game Systems 53 (6)
Leonard Herman
Company Profile: Atari 59 (4)
Leonard Herman
System Profile: The Atari Video Computer 63 (4)
System (VCS)
Leonard Herman
Vector Games 67 (6)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Video Game Stars: Pac-Man 73 (2)
Mark J. P. Wolf
The Rise of the Home Computer 75 (6)
Bob Rehak
Genre Profile: Adventure Games 81 (10)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Company Profile: Electronic Arts 89 (2)
Alison McMahan
Arcade Games of the 1980s 91 (8)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Laserdisc Games 99 (4)
Mark J. P. Wolf
The Video Game Industry Crash 103 (4)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Part III The Industry Rebounds (1985--1994) 107 (52)
System Profile: The Nintendo Entertainment 109 (6)
System (NES)
Dominic Arsenault
Company Profile: Nintendo 113 (2)
Dominic Arsenault
A New Generation of Home Video Game Systems 115 (6)
Leonard Herman
CD-ROM Games 121 (6)
Carl Therrien
Genre Profile: Interactive Movies 127 (8)
Bernard Perron
Arcade Games of the 1990s and Beyond 135 (8)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Handheld Video Game Systems 143 (8)
Leonard Herman
Company Profile: Sega 149 (2)
Alison McMahan
Shareware Games: Between Hobbyist and 151 (8)
Professional
Brett Camper
Part IV Advancing to the Next Level 159 (70)
(1995--Present)
The Later Generation Home Video Game Systems 161 (12)
Leonard Herman
Online Role-Playing Games 173 (4)
Kelly Boudreau
System Profile: Sony PlayStation 177 (6)
Dominic Arsenault
Company Profile: Sony 181 (2)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Video Game Stars: Lara Croft 183 (4)
Alison McMahan
Genre Profile: First-Person Shooting Games 187 (10)
Bob Rehak
Retrogames 194 (3)
Bob Rehak
Independent and Experimental Video Games 197 (6)
Brett Camper
Video Games in Europe 203 (8)
Lars Konzack
Video Games in Asia 211 (12)
Benjamin Wai-ming Ng
Video Games in Australia 223 (6)
Thomas H. Apperley
Part V A Closer Look at Video Games 229 (82)
The Video Game Development Process 231 (8)
Feichin Ted Tschang
Graphics in Video Games 239 (12)
Carl Therrien
Sound in Video Games 251 (8)
Eric Pidkameny
Video Game Genres 259 (18)
Mark J.P. Wolf
Best-Selling Video Games 275 (2)
Mark J. P. Wolf
The Video Game as an Object of Controversy 277 (6)
Dominic Arsenault
Video Games Rating Systems 281 (2)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Morals, Ethics, and Video Games 283 (10)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Video Games and Their Relationship with 293 (10)
Other Media
Martin Picard
How to Get a Job in the Video Game 301 (2)
Industry
Mark J. P. Wolf
The Future of Video Games 303 (8)
Mark J. P. Wolf
Glossary of Video Game Terminology 311 (6)
Resource Guide 317 (12)
Notes 329 (14)
Index 343 (34)
About the Contributors 377