Kids (and adults) absolutely love video games. Whether they be on consoles, PC or mobile, people love the interactive nature of video games. Unfortunately, many of those new to video games don’t have quite as much of an appreciation for the medium as those of who have been playing games for more than 20 years. That’s not a bad thing though – you can still learn all you need to know about video games in less than five minutes.
In a new TED Education video, graphic designer Safwat Saleem takes on the guise of a space invader and walks us through a short history of video games. Throughout the video, he gives a brief overview of where video games came from (the military) and how they initially became part of mainstream popular culture through games like Pong, Space Invaders and Pac-Man.
It’s a little disappointing to see the video not cover the video game crash of 1983 as it was a crucial step in the evolution of video games. The crash helped pave the way for the Nintendo Entertainment System to launch in North America, and started what we now know as the modern gaming industry.
This is only part one of the video series, and the next part will no doubt focus on the rise of console gaming. The early 90s are an incredibly important period in game design as many of the design tropes that we see in modern hits like Call of Duty and The Last of Us were first seen in games like Doom and Mega Man X.
If you want to learn more about the video game industry and its origins, any of the books on this list would be a great start. The books are especially recommended to children who have more than just a passing interest in video games. It may just encourage them to become the next great game designer.