The history of 3D video games

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Published on December 08, 2014 with No Comments

If you know that the Quaker Oats Company had its own video game division back in 1982, and that this was probably one of the factors contributing to the video game crash of that year, you probably deserve some kind of prize. We can’t promise you’ll get one but you’ll feel like you won something simply by heading out to The History of 3D in Games exhibit at the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in Oakland, California. On hand at the exhibit will be 20 “playable” 3D games spanning the era from 1982 to 1996 which is not necessarily the entire history of 3D games. This rules out Call of Duty Black Ops. Instead there will be Starfox, which includes neither stars nor foxes, Marathon, which does not include runners and Doom, among others. Visitors will be able to play on a Vectrex, which seems to have been the hot new thing of its day.


Vectrex game console

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And for all who have not heard of the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE), well it’s a new venture with an interesting story. Founder Alex Handy, a tech journalist reached out on Kickstarter for donations to help get the museum up and running. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects where donors pledge an amount towards a creative project such as a film or a piece of music or an art project. Among donations for the MADE, 26 people (backers) pledged five dollars each. In return they were guaranteed free admission. Obviously larger donations return more praises, thanks and T-shirts. The MADE exceeded its goal of $20,000. But Kickstarter is all or nothing. If the goal is not reached within the time period, the project is doomed. “This way, no one is expected to develop a project with an insufficient budget, which sucks.” Now the MADE will have to find other funding sources to sustain it.

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