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Gameplay. Videogame Culture

Video games have three technological roots: computer games, coin-op machines (pay-per-play) and consoles. But the history of the origins of video games is one in which technological evolution is intertwined with social change, the creation of the medium’s first characteristic genres of the medium and the genesis of new youth imaginaries.
In the eighties, as video games became consolidated in the cultural imaginary, the cinema explored video games as a screen that reflected the hopes and fears about the new digital age. A new kind of hero emerged: the “young gamer”, in films such as The Last Starfighter (1984) and The Wizard (1989).

Direction: Andrés Hispano
Editing and postproduction: José Antonio Soria

Authors: Andrés Hispano

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18 December 2019