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Space Invaders

Author: Tomohiro Nishikado
Year: 1978 Edit Add
Book: Remediation

In the same way, players of action-style games are called on to conduct an ongoing surveillance. They are assigned explicitly or implicitly the role of security guards, whose simple task is to shoot anything that appears threatening. Because the ultimate threat is that the enemy will destroy the equilibrium of the system and eventually halt the game by destroying the player himself, the player must constantly scan the visual field and direct his fire appropriately. Ideologically, the player is asked to defend or reestablish the status quo, so that even though the violence of the games appears to be antisocial, the ultimate message is not. It is a message that has prevailed from the early games such as Space lnvaders in the 1970s to such games as Doom and Quake in the 1990s (fig. 4.3). For decades, action games have played out the most aggressive form of televisual monitoring.

Source type: picture
Info: is an arcade game created by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978.
Original size: 1300x866 px. Edit

Doom

Author: id Software
Year: 1993 Edit Add
Book: Remediation

In the same way, players of action-style games are called on to conduct an ongoing surveillance. They are assigned explicitly or implicitly the role of security guards, whose simple task is to shoot anything that appears threatening. Because the ultimate threat is that the enemy will destroy the equilibrium of the system and eventually halt the game by destroying the player himself, the player must constantly scan the visual field and direct his fire appropriately. Ideologically, the player is asked to defend or reestablish the status quo, so that even though the violence of the games appears to be antisocial, the ultimate message is not. It is a message that has prevailed from the early games such as Space lnvaders in the 1970s to such games as Doom and Quake in the 1990s (fig. 4.3). For decades, action games have played out the most aggressive form of televisual monitoring.

Source type: picture
Info: Doom - computer game - 1993
Original size: 640x480 px. Edit

Quake

Author: id Software
Year: 1996 Edit Add
Book: Remediation

In the same way, players of action-style games are called on to conduct an ongoing surveillance. They are assigned explicitly or implicitly the role of security guards, whose simple task is to shoot anything that appears threatening. Because the ultimate threat is that the enemy will destroy the equilibrium of the system and eventually halt the game by destroying the player himself, the player must constantly scan the visual field and direct his fire appropriately. Ideologically, the player is asked to defend or reestablish the status quo, so that even though the violence of the games appears to be antisocial, the ultimate message is not. It is a message that has prevailed from the early games such as Space lnvaders in the 1970s to such games as Doom and Quake in the 1990s (fig. 4.3). For decades, action games have played out the most aggressive form of televisual monitoring.

Source type: picture
Info: Quake - computer game / 1996
Original size: 1280x960 px. Edit