History of Game Design: Prehistory to the late 1980s

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Want to take a fascinating journey through the history of gaming? Then this course is for you.

Our journey begins with an exploration of how ancient board games evolved into modern board games and arcade games. Then we will explore the development of first- and second-generation video games, and finally, innovative third-generation game technology.

In this course, you will learn about the history of game design, features and applications of the earliest video games and the second-generation video game consoles developed in the 1970s and 1980s. You will also discover how the American video game industry crash of 1983 paved the way for game developers and game companies around the world—particularly Nintendo and Sega from Japan—to dominate the video game market of the late 1980s and develop the third generation of consoles.

Topics covered include:

  • Pre-electronic games
  • Birth of an industry
  • Explosion and crash
  • Rebirth of an industry


Tahirah Mirza
Tahirah Mirza

I joined the video game industry a little over 4 years ago. With a strong passion for video games and background in marketing, it was the perfect fit. I learned a lot about the industry through my job but also through my passion for the industry.

Additionally, I have a background in Marketing through acquiring an E-Business Certificate at Lasalle College, volunteering with student organizations at University, and working in a ~~small~~ IT Consulting company.

I have been working at Ubisoft as a Content & Channel Manager and manage a team of Coordinators. Our primary role is to be a resource to the organization when it comes to social media, channel management, as well as strategies activations on social.

John Appleby
John Appleby

8+ years of teaching various classes on Game Design and Development at several institutions across both the UK and Canada. With a background in Fine Art and a deep, lifelong passion for video games, John is continually working to improve his own creative and analytical skills, while sharing the knowledge he gains with the next generation of game-makers.

John is primarily interested in video games as art and the ways in which we might use them to share our experiences and gain a deeper understanding of the world around us.