The History of Electronic Games!

May 26th, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Thursday, May 26, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
International Center for the History of Electronic Games

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

The International Center for the History of Electronic Games is a museum in Rochester, New York that “collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of geography and culture.”

At this companion website you can explore an interactive timeline (or download a free pdf version) of the history of electronic games and delivery systems from 1961-2008 including:

  • Pong
  • Pac-Man
  • Donkey Kong
  • Tetris
  • Game Boy
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Play Station
  • The Sims
  • Xbox
  • Nintendo Wii
  • World of Warcraft

Just click on the dates in the timeline to learn about legendary games and game systems, along with their inventors including Will Wright, Ralph Baer, Don Daglow, and others. You’ll enjoy a brief textual history along with photographs.

When you’re through with the timeline you can learn much, much more about the history of electronic games by using the menu that includes research information. See how electronic games evolved from other forms of play and explore the big controversies surrounding video games

You can also Take a Virtual Tour of the museum and see the amazing exhibits.  The gamers in your home are sure to want to take a field trip or family vacation to experience this museum in real time.

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