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The first video games you could play at home were introduced in the late 1970s, and these games got really popular until the early-80s when the game market slumped. Fortunately, video game consoles took off again with the introduction of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985, and we’ve all seen how popular video games are nowadays. Here are just a few links on remembering those old 8-bit/16-bit games that kids today might not even recognize.
- Video games have been part of museum collections before, but the “Applied Design” exhibit allows visitors to play some of its collected games (9 out of 14) — including titles like Pac Man, the Sims, and Katamari Damacy. This MoMA exhibition ends soon (Jan 20th), but you might be able to find some of these games in your basement, anyway. [url]
- How much do you think an Atari 2600 console would cost in today’s dollars? If you guessed about $800, you’ve got a pretty good handle on the rate of inflation (and a good memory for what a gaming console cost in 1977). [url]
- Maybe you’ve played Super Mario Bros all the way to the end and solved it, so you can better appreciate how an algorithm attempts the same task. The LearnFun/PlayFun program doesn’t actually solve the game, but it does play pretty well for a player that can’t actually “see” the game sprites. [url]
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