A bunch of game design students in Germany have come up with this short film detailing the history of videogaming in around 4 minutes. It was almost entirely filmed in one shot, and while we'd have preferred a music bed running underneath throughout, the invention and attention to detail is highly impressive.
The games featured (in order) are:
Tennis for Two, Oscilloscope, 1958
Pacman, Arcade, 1980
Donkey Kong, NES, 1986
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 1991
Street Fighter II. SNES, 1991
Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, 1996
Final Fantasy VII, Sony Playstation, 1997
Need for Speed: Hot Pursiut 2, Sony Playstation 2, 2002
Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Dreamcast, 2000
Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo Game Cube, 2001
Wii Sports Golf, Nintendo Wii, 2006
God of War III, Sony Playstation 3, 2010
Rock Band, XBox 360, 2008
And the whole production was organised in a week, shot in 2 days.
We'd like to have seen the 3DO, ZX Spectrum, and Nintendo Virtual Boy, but it would've been a lot longer a clip. Indeed, one of the team, Florian Smolka, even explains one glaring omission: "I noticed that many of you are missing the XBox and Halo on it. It was planned but my friend with the controller called me just before the day of the shooting and said he couldn't find it".
"We're quite aware that we could have used more games or different games but we just wanted to show a small insight into the history of videogames that just shows how far we've come and where our roots are buried". So there.
What other games would you like to have seen? Let us know in the comments below...