Since I was little, games as a questionnaire of entertainment has grown from an insignificant past time into becoming the worldwide phenomenon it’s today. As a kid of the eighties, new technologies were very common devote the average household like the main one I lived in. These new inventions – just like the VHS and later DVD, CD-player and MP3 or the home computer – were all important steps into changing the way in which we live and spend our lives today. None of these however seem to possess had the same radical influence on people as games have. Nowadays, children and adults alike from all walks of life, spend countless hours adventuring and playing. Even though portable music players are noticed everywhere and television is larger than ever, winning contests is one that I believe involves us the most.
I have now been documenting games in movies since back in 2003 and one of the most important changes I’ve seen so far is the way in which games are featured in movies and television. In the first eighties, when home consoles and arcade games were in another of their biggest peaks, games in movies were often shown as a area of the youth culture. Kids of the eighties loved to spend their time at shopping malls or at junk food restaurants and this was often the place for arcades.
Nowadays, almost every single TV show and a large quantity of movies have product placed consoles, handhelds or games in them flixtor. Arcades are extremely rare, but somehow almost every kid seem to be aware of, or, are playing video games. They often find out about game companies like Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft along with bigger franchises like for instance Mario, World of Warcraft or Halo. Also, in regards to product placement it’s probably always one of the big three which are shown – Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft. This isn’t so strange being that they are the main manufacturers of home game consoles.
By documenting images from different movies and television series in a single place, I have now been able to construct an understanding of which titles and distributors that look like or have now been more prominent than others. By far the most reoccurring arcade games are Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man from Midway. This stays true to the fact that the Pac-Man franchise is considered one of the most important throughout history. Among the companies I would say that Atari is the most exposed, closely followed closely by Nintendo – both these pioneers in their own way. Once we get farther into the 21st century, console manufacturers like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, do appear more. I would even say that since the finish of the past century, arcade games are an incredibly rare sight within any media.
A very important factor that surprises me though is the lack of Massive Multiuser Online games in movies and TV shows. MMOs are huge today and people spend millions and millions playing them and maybe it’s the present success that keeps them from having to promote them in media?
As I also document both video-, computer-, and arcade games along with pinball machines, it’s possible to acquire a rough apprehension that of they are the most common. As pinball machines have been around from the late eighteen hundreds around today, one would believe they also are the people most shown within media. It’s hard for me personally to say this for certain because there are literally a large number of movies out there. From what I could asses, home video gaming are the most typical followed closely by handhelds, arcade games and then pinball machines.