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Game Console History

posted Sep 11, 2012, 12:17 PM by Jon Hamlin   [ updated Jan 4, 2017, 2:05 PM ]

View: The Interactive History of Online Games

The Story of Video Games Movie

Answer these questions while watching the following video clips. (Note: you can make a copy of the questions to keep in your own Google Docs folder by clicking File, then Make a Copy in the Docs menu)

Clip 1    -    Clip 2    -    Clip 3    -    Clip 4    -    Clip 5

Video Game Console Presentations

Idea Spark Videos (watch these first)


Choose your a home video game console that interests you.

Create an online presentation (something that you can embed in your website) describing a historical game console system. Describe how it has evolved from the original version to the current version, and any other interesting facts you think are worth describing.
  • Slides should contain a picture of the machine, a description of the graphics and CPU power, and some screen shots of some important games. A brief video clips (1 min or less) to show game play would also be nice.
  • Focus on describing how the machine has evolved and the lasting effect the machine has had on current games.
  • If the console was not a success, describe the factors that prevented this success.

For PS4, XBox, and Wii - please take time to describe the invention of movement controllers (Move, Kinnect, Wii, etc) and how movement control has revolutionized game-play.

Consider questions like:
How did the Wii go from being the top selling system to just a memory in such a short time? Why wasn't Nintendo able to capitalize and keep their momentum? What types of online frameworks are now needed to make a console a success? 
How has the sales model for games changed in recent years with all the new types of additional expansion packs and similar add-on expenses.

What will the next 5-10 years of gaming look like? 

You should aim for 7-10 slides.

Suggested presentation platforms:

Some suggested unique consoles of interest:
  • Sega Saturn
  • Sega Genesis
  • Atari Jaguar
  • 3DO
  • Neo Geo
  • Sega CD
  • Nintendo Famicon
  • Colecovision
  • Intellivision
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Odyssey 200
  • Turbo Grafx 16

Due date: Friday

Finished work should be submitted to your online portfolio

Extension Viewing (watch one part each day)

Part 1 (8mins)

Part 2 (8 mins)

Part 3 (9 mins)