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Video Games

Isaac Pletcher, M.F.A.*

Overview

A video game is an interactive digital entertainment that you “play” on some type of electronic device. The medium has existed in some form since the 1950’s and, since that time, it has become a major worldwide industry, spawning technology battles and delivering new iterations that have become ubiquitous parts of modern life. This chapter will look at the development of video games from the beginning, through the golden age, and into the era of the console wars. Further, it will point out the dominant companies and gear in the industry, and track how the current structures for pricing and development have led to the rise of the microtransaction and the potential danger in that business model ...

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