Preface

Elements of digital game history abound in contemporary culture. References to Pac-Man, Mario, and 8-bit graphics appear on T-shirts, album covers, and other material objects. Internet memes commonly mix and remix historical game images and phrases like “all your base are belong to us” and “the princess is in another castle” for humorous effect. Recent feature films, meanwhile, have used game nostalgia as central plot points. While the presence of these game history elements are ubiquitous and promote recognition of the past, they frequently fail to serve as anything but references and treat history as little more than trivia. Thus, the central motivation for the creation of this book was to approach digital game history in a way that ...

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