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Art 80H - Section Notes for Weeks 1 and 2

by: Aubrey Isaacman

Art 80H - Section Notes for Weeks 1 and 2 Art 80H

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These notes cover the introduction to section, emulations vs simulations, ideal commodities, and comparing Fordism to post-Fordism. *Section notes are for Sarah's class on Wednesdays from 3:30PM...
History of Digital Games
Henry Lowood
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Art, Art History, video games, video game history, Fordism, post-Fordism, emulations, simulations
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Date Created: 01/18/16
SECTION 1 – Wednesday January 6, 2016 TA: Sarah Fay Krom  Section is supplemental to lecture o Themes:  Games as a medium  Military entertainment complex  Creative consumer/player  What/who is a gamer  Games are a form of expression (are games art) o Bring in game titles to discuss, question, etc.  The book is from 2003… Keep that in mind while reading it!  (Sarah spent the rest of class talking about her work in the games industry) CONTACT INFO:  email her for office hours SECTION 2 – Wednesday January 13, 2016 TA – Sarah Fay Krom  Pong and Spacewar!  at Crown/Merrill apartments, there’s a lounge with game consoles, including these  Emulation vs simulation: o Emulation = surface feeling of creating game  Looks the same but coded differently o Simulation = trying to recreate exactly HOW the game originally worked  Coded to ACT the same way the original hardware did  Pong (the one we played for homework): o On-screen paddles o Ball o Inertia of ball depends on the way the player hits it o Dials for controls: velocity, precision  WHY IS THIS NOT A PROPER EMULATION?  No CRT?  Black/white?  keyboard instead of dials  arcade vs personal computer o arcades in bars and other social environments:  can’t replicate the ambiance, noise, competition, social aspect, investment (having to put a quarter into the machine)  video game culture was very male dominant  the game was treated more like an arcade game than a video game (for the reasons above; more serious)  2 player vs playing the computer (AI)  Cultural differences  Ideal commodity = something you buy and sell o Games are the ideal commodity of this era (post-Fordism): FORDISM POST-FORDISM Industrial Age Information Age Car (ideal commodity) was a Unique necessity/utility Disability, solidity Individual Customized Idea, code, experimental, ethereal Global village --> status symbol NOT solely utilitarian Buy NEEDS Buy WANTS  more developed Buy buy buy  we buy things when they break Good consumer = ALMOST = good citizen Time/availability has made it easier to buy new things than get them fixed, even though it’s more expensive to buy new things Why don’t we want the disc (games) anymore?  cost, speed, can lose a disk (can save games to a cloud), continuous Finding new niche markets Perpetual innovation = have to keep making it  Halo CE, Halo 2,.... Halo 5  COD, COD MW 2,…COD Ghosts Individual games have a time frame, promise of new version Business model TF2: same game, same platform, but constantly updated; still earns devs money (hats) NO SECTION NEXT WEEK!  Assignment 1: MLA or Chicago APA o NOT a full research paper!!  Looking for clarity and organization o DUE MONDAY THE 25 ! TH


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