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 young child of the eighties, new technologies were very common invest the average household like usually the one I lived in. These new inventions – just like the VHS and later DVD, CD-player and MP3 or the house computer – were all important steps into changing the way we live and spend our lives today. None of those however seem to own had exactly the same radical impact on people as games have. Nowadays, children and adults alike from all walks of life, spend a lot of time adventuring and playing. Although portable music players are noticed everywhere and television is larger than ever, winning contests is the one which I think involves us the most.
I have already been documenting games in movies since back 2003 and one of the main changes I’ve seen to date is the way games are featured in movies and television flixtor. Back the first 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 spend their time at shopping malls or at fast food restaurants and this is often the spot for arcades.
Nowadays, almost every single TV show and a sizable quantity of movies have product placed consoles, handhelds or games in them. Arcades are extremely rare, but somehow almost every kid seem to keep yourself informed of, or, are playing video games. They often learn about game companies like Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft along with bigger franchises like for example Mario, World of Warcraft or Halo. Also, in regards to product placement it’s probably always among the big three which are shown – Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft. This isn’t so strange because they are the main manufacturers of home game consoles.
By documenting images from different movies and television series in one place, I have already been able to create an knowledge of which titles and distributors that appear to be or have already been more prominent than others. Definitely probably the most reoccurring arcade games are Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man from Midway. This stays true to the fact the Pac-Man franchise is considered one of the main throughout history. Among the businesses I would claim that Atari is probably the most exposed, closely followed closely by Nintendo – both of these pioneers in their very own way. Even as we get farther to the 21st century, console manufacturers like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, do appear more. I would even claim that since the conclusion of the past century, arcade games are an incredibly rare sight within any media.
Something that surprises me though is the lack of Massive Multiuser Online games in movies and TV shows. MMOs are huge today and people spend millions and millions playing them and maybe it’s the present 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 which of they are probably the most common. As pinball machines have existed from the late eighteen hundreds as much as today, you might believe additionally they are those most shown within media. It is hard for me to say this for many since there are literally a large number of movies out there. From what I will asses, home video games are the most typical followed closely by handhelds, arcade games and then pinball machines.