Since I was little, games as an application of entertainment has grown from an insignificant activity into becoming the worldwide phenomenon it’s today. As a child of the eighties, new technologies were very common devote the average household like the main one I lived in. These new inventions – such as the VHS and later DVD, CD-player and MP3 or the home computer – were all important steps into changing just how we live and spend our lives today. None of the however seem to possess had exactly the same radical influence on people as games have. Nowadays, children and adults alike from all walks of life, spend a lot of time adventuring and playing. Even though portable music players have emerged everywhere and television is larger than ever, winning contests is the one that I think involves us the most.
I have now been documenting games in movies since back 2003 and certainly one of the most important changes I’ve seen up to now is just how games are featured in movies and television. Back in the early eighties, when home consoles and arcade games were in another of their biggest peaks, games in movies were often shown as a the main youth culture. Kids of the eighties loved to invest their time at shopping malls or at fast food restaurants and this was often the spot for arcades.
Nowadays, virtually every single TV show and a large number of movies have product placed consoles, handhelds or games in them. Arcades are very rare, but somehow virtually every kid seem to be aware of, or, are playing video games. They often know about game companies like Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft along with bigger franchises like for instance Mario, World of Warcraft or Halo flixtor. Also, in regards to product placement it’s most likely always one of many big three that are shown – Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft. This isn’t so strange since they will be the key manufacturers of home game consoles.
By documenting images from different movies and television series in a single place, I have now been able to create an knowledge of which titles and distributors that be seemingly or have now been more prominent than others. Definitely the absolute most reoccurring arcade games are Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man from Midway. This stays true to the truth that the Pac-Man franchise is considered certainly one of the most important throughout history. Among the firms I’d claim that Atari is the absolute most exposed, closely accompanied by Nintendo – both these pioneers in their particular way. Even as we get farther to the 21st century, console manufacturers like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, do appear more. I’d even claim that since the finish of the past century, arcade games are an incredibly rare sight within any media.
One thing that surprises me though is the possible lack of Massive Multiuser Online games in movies and TV shows. MMOs are huge at this time and people spend millions and millions playing them and maybe it’s the current success that keeps them from having to market them in media?
As I also document both video-, computer-, and arcade games along with pinball machines, it’s possible to acquire a rough apprehension of which of these are the absolute most common. As pinball machines have been with us from the late eighteen hundreds as much as today, one would think that additionally they are the ones most shown within media. It’s hard for me to state this for several because there are literally a large number of movies out there. From what I will asses, home video gaming are the most typical accompanied by handhelds, arcade games and then pinball machines.