Authored by: David Myers

The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533324
eBook ISBN: 9780203114261
Adobe ISBN: 9781136290510


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Video games were developed in principle in the late 1940s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that Nolan Bushnell and Atari made video games commercially successful within a mass marketplace. As a consequence, during the 1970s, a variety of consumer magazines, dedicated to particular video gaming console platforms (and serving as advertising for those platforms), published rudimentary descriptive analyses of video games as game reviews and play guides. Over the next decade, more detailed and rigorous analyses of video games and play were relatively rare and more often intended for—and governed by the demands of—popular than academic concerns (e.g., Sudnow, 1983).

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