Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (Platform by Nick Montfort

By Nick Montfort

The Atari Video computing device procedure ruled the house game marketplace so thoroughly that "Atari" turned the well-known time period for a online game console. The Atari VCS was once cheap and provided the pliability of changeable cartridges. approximately 1000 of those have been created, the main major of which proven new suggestions, mechanics, or even whole genres. This e-book deals an in depth and available research of this influential online game console from either computational and cultural views. stories of electronic media have not often investigated platforms--the structures underlying computing. This ebook (the first in a chain of Platform reviews) does so, constructing a severe procedure that examines the connection among structures and artistic expression. Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost speak about the Atari VCS itself and look at intimately six video game cartridges: Combat, Adventure, Pac-Man, Yars' Revenge, Pitfall!, and celebrity Wars: The Empire moves Back. They describe the technical constraints and affordances of the process and song advancements in programming, gameplay, interface, and aesthetics. Adventure, for instance, was once the 1st video game to symbolize a digital house higher than the monitor (anticipating the boundless digital areas of such later video games as World of Warcraft and Grand robbery Auto), by means of permitting the participant to stroll off one aspect into one other house; and Star Wars: The Empire moves Back used to be an early example of interplay among media homes and games. Montfort and Bogost convey that the Atari VCS--often thought of purely a unfashionable fetish object--is an important a part of the historical past of video games.

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