Game history

A father makes his son play through the history of video games, chronologically

For ten years, Andy Bayo has been carry out an experiment on his son. It is both cruel and fascinating. Rather than letting him play whatever video game he wanted, Baio pushed his boy to make his way to modernity by going through the history of video games chronologically. Starting with 1979’s Galaxian.

His son Eliot was born in 2004, so Baio published his decade’s findings this week.”experience forced nostalgia and questionable parenthood. “The goal was to let his son explore the history of the medium and how it has transformed over the decades, perhaps giving him an appreciation for older (or newer but rougher) games that he would otherwise have. discarded as relics.

Eliot received his first video games on his fourth birthday. These games were Galaxian (1979), Rally-X (1980), Bosconian (1981), Dig Dug (1982), Pac-Man (1980), Super Pac-Man (1982), Pac-Man Plus (1982), and Pac & Pal (1983).

Then comes the Atari 2600. Then the NES. Then the SNES. Etc. And by God, whether it works or not, it looks like Eliot was kicking ass.

The experiment ended by the time they got to the games released around the time Eliot was born, with stuff like Katamari Damacy and Shadow of the Colossus.

And what did they find? Well, Eliot not only developed a taste for roguelikes, but he also became scary good at video games, to the point where he can finish Spelunky via Hell and reach the Nuclear Throne.

More important, however, is the fact that he can enjoy a game for what it is, not how much money it was spent on or how flashy it looks.

“Eliot’s early exposure to games with limited graphics inoculated him with the flashy, hyper-realistic graphics found in today’s AAA games,” Baio writes. “He can enjoy retro graphics on his own terms and focus on the gameplay.”

“I hope that experience instilled in him a lifelong appreciation for smaller, weirder, more intimate games.”

Go make a cup of tea and read the whole study on Medium.