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Chris Crawford on Game Design by Chris Crawford

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History

At this point, let's consider an important historical observation: Computers gave gaming a big boost. Sure, there were plenty of games before computers came along, but with the advent of computers, games suddenly seized a much larger portion of our consciousness. Before computers, gaming was a petty industry, employing a few thousand people at most. In the twenty years since personal computers burst upon the scene, gaming has suddenly exploded into a major industry, rivaling Hollywood in sales and employees. Something about computers made a big, big difference in games. What was that magic element?

If you answered “video,” you get twenty lashes with a wet noodle. Video entertainment has been around since 1910! And the same thing goes ...

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