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Understanding Video Games »

Rod Munday | Thursday September 24, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

A videogame can be broadly defined as any form of computer-based game involving one or multiple players. What is considered to be a video game covers a broad spectrum ranging from simple games played on mobile phones to vast virtual worlds existing for twenty four hours a day; seven days a week on the Internet. The study of videogames focuses mainly on games played on PCs or on dedicated games consoles like the PlayStation, Wii or Xbox.

HISTORY

(for a detailed history see the...

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Video Games Timeline 2000 to Present Day »

Rod Munday | Friday May 22, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Other Topics

2000

PlayStation 2 - Sony launches the PS2 in the US for $299.99 (£150). With a built-in DVD player and back compatibility with PS1 games, every one of the 500,000 consoles produced sells out on the first day.

PlayStation 2 would eventually become the most successful games console of all time with 127 million units sold worldwide. Famous games include the Gran Turismo series (Polyphony 2001-2005), Ratchet and Clank series (High Impact 2002-2007) and Pro Evolution Soccer...

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Video Games Timeline 1990s »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Other Topics

1990

Final Fantasy - A game created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy (Square Enix) was released in the US in 1990.

It tells the story of four orphaned youths who find a crystal, that restores balance to the world.

The game spawned thirteen sequels (so far) making it the most successful role-playing series of all time.

The Final Fantasy series is also famous for its lushly-scored orchestral music composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

1991

Super NES - Nintendo’s upgrade of the...

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Video Games Timeline 1980s »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

1980

Pac Man - Toru Iwatani, a programmer at the Japanese company Namco created an arcade game that was so popular that it even spawned its own TV show in the US. The arcade version of Pac Man eventually sold 300,000 cabinets, becoming the best selling arcade game of all time.

 

Battlezone – Famous for being the first truly 3-D game, Battlezone (Atari) featured a virtual battlefield considered to be so realistic at the time that a version of the game was used by the US...

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Video Games Timeline 1970s »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Other Topics

1971

Computer Space – The co-inventor of Computer Space, Nolan Bushnell, saw the commercial potential of Space War when he played a version of it while a student at the University of Utah in the 1960s.

With his business partner, Ted Dabney, Bushnell built his own version in Dabney’s daughter’s bedroom (she had to sleep in the living room). Computer Space was not a great success, but Bushnell and Dabney would co-found the company Atari and go on to greater things.

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Video Games Timeline 1949 to 1969 »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

1949

OXO - A single-player version of the pencil and paper game ‘noughts and crosses,’ written by Alexander Douglas for his PhD on human-computer interaction.

Douglas programmed the game on a proto-type computer known as EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator).

Only one EDSAC machine was ever built, so few people knew of the game’s existence.

1958


Tennis for Two - A simple tennis game played on an oscilloscope which was hooked up to an analogue...

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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Video Games »

Rob Miller | Monday September 12, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Games, Computer Games, Video Games

Video Games are not new media – from Pong’s commercial release in 1972, the Video Games industry is 44 years old. Teachers and students importantly do not have to be gamers to fully understand the industry and to be able to apply key media studies concepts. However, students do need to have access to a range of case studies to draw upon, focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent video game and also a sound understanding of audiences and...

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BTEC L3 Creative Media Production Unit 6 Critical Approaches Games Industry »

Rob Miller | Thursday October 23, 2014

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Hot Entries, Production Zone, New Media Production

Learning Outcomes Linked to Video Games

  1. Understand how media producers define audiences for their products (tutor led, small research projects – learning about audience segmentation/targeting and audience research as it relates to Video Games producers and audience).
  2. Understand how media producers create products for specific audiences (case studies on 1 independent Video Game and 1 mainstream Video Game).
  3. Understand how media audiences respond to media products (surveys,...
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An Introduction to the Video Games Industry Workshop »

Richard Gent | Thursday June 19, 2014

Categories: Games, Video Games, Hot Entries

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Video Games is a constantly evolving media form that utilises a range of platforms including console, app and online gaming. We offer visually stimulating, full or half day interactive workshops that take a case study approach to understanding video games publishing, development, distribution, promotion and audience consumption in a commercial, but also niche marketplace.

Cost

  • A 3 Hour Half Day course costs from £300
  • A 6 Hour Full Day course costs...
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Representation of Masculinity in Battlefield 4 »

Sarah Battams | Wednesday April 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, Games, Video Games, Battlefield 4, Key Concepts, Audience, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Gender Theory

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The task is to consider how masculinity is represented in a script from the video game Battlefield 4. Though gender is the focus, concepts related to power and to technology are also relevant here. The script is below, followed by Teacher Notes which provide an analysis of the text and an overview of some of the issues it raises.

The Script

[MUSIC: Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler]

PAC: Oh man, I don’t wanna die to this song.

DUNN:...

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Angry Birds Independent Video Games Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 16, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

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Independent Games Production and Distribution - An Institutional Context

Games like Angry Birds have become a cultural phenomenon – the game is deliberately simplistic and primarily targets a female demographic. It has benefited from the current (late August 2013) fragmentation of the computer game industry into a multi-platform marketplace where more mainstream, high profile so-called Triple A games like Call of Duty, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and...

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Gaming Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday February 20, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. Open Gaming Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



2014 AQA GCSE Media Studies 2-Year Gaming Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 24, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, Internet, New Technologies, Synergy

Scheme

  • Unit 1: Investigating the Media (Promotion and Marketing of Video Games)
  • Unit 2: Understanding the Media (Controlled Assessment)
  • 2014 AQA GCSE Media Studies 2-Year Gaming Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Case Study
  • Minecraft Case Study
  • Halo 4 Case Study
  • Video Games Quiz
  • Understanding Video Games
  • An Introduction to Machinima
  • OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Case Study
  • OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Practice...
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OCR GCSE Media Studies B321 Video Games Brief »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 08, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, New Technologies

Controlled Assessment (120 Marks)

Topic 10: Video Games

Analytical Task (60 Marks)

  1. Identify 2 x Video Games – Halo and World of Warcraft
  2. Research/make notes on the history / origins of FPS (First Person Shooter) and RPG (Role Playing Games) - not to be handed in.
  3. Watch YouTube trailers and game play footage and make notes on Halo and World of Warcraft in terms of Genre Conventions, Narrative, Representations, Institution and Audience - not to be handed in.
  4. Develop under...
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Halo 4 Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 08, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, New Technologies, Synergy, Other Topics, Iconography

Production and Distribution

Halo is a commercially successful, science fiction FPS game that was first developed in November 2001 for Microsoft X Box. Versions were developed for Windows and MAC OS X but fundamentally it now remains exclusive to the X Box 360, the second console developed by Microsoft and as such, has received critical success for being one of the best first person shooters on a video game console. Some gamers prefer the format and mode to the successful COD...

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Minecraft Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday December 31, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, New Technologies, Synergy, We Media

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Production and Distribution

Minecraft is a massively commercially successful and critically acclaimed multi-platform ‘Open World’ game. In terms of genre (see ‘Genre’ below) it is a Sandbox Indie Game although key focus is on building, strategy and to a lesser extent survival. It was created by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, a Swedish Computer Programmer who is not a traditional Games Developer which may account for its mathematical,...

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday December 28, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Other Topics, Iconography, Nostalgia

Production and Distribution

World of Warcraft is an immensely popular, established RPG that was released in 1994. Several game sets and expansions later it has 10 million subscribers with the fourth expansion Mists of Pandaria released on September 25th 2012 (the date was eagerly awaited and much promoted in the same way an Event Movie is marketed). It is the world’s most subscribed MMORPG (see below).

Technically WoW is described as a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online...

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Case Study »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

Download a PowerPoint version of this resource.

OCR_AS_G322_Section_B_Games_Case_Study_Call_of_Duty_Modern_Warfare_2.ppt

What the spec requires:

“A study of the production, distribution and marketing of a specific game within one or across various gaming platforms, along with its reception by a variety of (British) audiences.”

Robert Kotick (CEO, Activision Blizzard – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s publisher)

“In just five days of sell through Call of Duty:...

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Practice Questions »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

Download a Word version of this resource.

OCR_AS_G322_Section_B_Games_Industry_Exam_Practice_Questions.doc

1. Explain how the industry you have studied is exploiting new technology in the areas of production, marketing and exchange

2. Account for recent changes in consumption and production in the industry you have studied.

3. To what extent are media audiences the agents, beneficiaries or victims of change?

4. Explain the significance cross media convergence and...

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Case Study Research Questions »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

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OCR_AS_G322_Section_B_Student_Research_Questions_Games_Case_Study.doc

What is the best selling game ever in the UK?

Why do you think it has sold more than action adventure games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2?

Why did the BBFC give Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 its 18 rating?

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/

How much does it cost to produce a typical Hollywood blockbuster?

For which films has Hans Zimmer made the music?

Which...

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Teacher Notes and Revision Handout »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Teacher Notes and Revision Handout.doc

What the spec says:

Section B: Institutions and Audiences

A study of the production, distribution and marketing of a specific game within one or across various gaming platforms, along with its reception by a variety of (British) audiences.

This should be accompanied by study of the impact of next generation capabilities (HD, Blu-Ray, online services...

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Video Games Quiz »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday August 25, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Other Topics, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Skills

  1. Open Video Games Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



Computer & Video Games Downloads »

Richard Gent | Tuesday August 18, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Other Topics

Digital Games Ideology Effects.ppt

Digital Games.ppt

Tis Only A Game.ppt

Video Games Aggression.doc




Video Game Software Links »

Richard Gent | Friday May 29, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Digital Media, New Technologies, Computer Games, Video Games

Gamemaker

GLBasic for Gamers

3D Adventure Studio

RPGMAKER XP

MyGameBuilder




Walking with Tim Rylands in Myst »

Richard Gent | Thursday April 23, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Skills, Video Games

Walk into Tim Rylands’ classroom and he can be difficult to spot. Not only is he hidden among the rows of year 5 and 6 pupils but they’re all - in the nicest possible sense - on a different planet, playing the popular computer fantasy game series, Myst, as part of their English lesson… [Guardian Unlimited]

http://www.timrylands.com/