One feature of modern games that seems to get overlooked is scrolling. The technology of moving images on the screen from left to right or up to down wasn’t common in video games in the past. Footnotes examines the use of scrolling and the introduction of the technology in an arcade game.
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Nintendo hit it big by releasing Donkey Kong in the arcades. The game was a success and Nintendo had big plans for the future. But all was not well, as Universal filed a lawsuit claiming that Nintendo had infringed upon their copyright of King Kong. Rather than accept defeat, Nintendo fought back and would eventually win, establishing them as a credible business in the industry. This episode explores the case, the outcome, and the current state of all parties involved.
In the early 80′s, the video game market was flooded with consoles and poorly made games. Eventually, consumers had too many options and this led to a crash of the video game market. The Video Game Crash of 1983 represents a significant turning point in the video game industry and brought about many changes, including game publishing, hardware compatibility, and the rise of Nintendo. This episode takes a look at it all and the impact it had.