Feb. 27, 2018
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Whether your first video game experience was playing table tennis on the Magnavox Odyssey, the world’s first commercial console, or go-kart racing against family members in the comfort of your living room, Wilfrid Laurier University’s latest continuing studies course has something to offer all levels of gamers.
A six-week, non-credit course offered in partnership with TheMuseum in Kitchener, The History of Gaming will take students through the early origins and golden age of video games, all the way up to present day. Students will have the chance to explore the history of video games, their impact on our culture, and the future of the industry with Canada's top video game collector and noted gaming historian, Syd Bolton.
“I’ve built this course using equal parts nostalgia, education, and discovery,” said Bolton. “This course will allow students to uncover some of the relatively unknown facts about the commercialization, crashes and peaks, and key players throughout the history of video games.”
The History of Gaming includes six modules covering specific periods of time, allowing students to progress chronologically through major industry milestones. The first half of the course is dedicated to early arcade video games, the introduction of home computer consoles, and the origins of online and handheld games. The latter half of the course takes students through shifts from cartridge to optical media, mobile phone gaming, and virtual reality.
During the first and final classes held at TheMuseum, participants will be able to learn while immersed in the interactive exhibition, Interplay. The exhibition features personal computers and video game consoles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
“This is just another example of how we’re taking TheMuseum out of our physical space to support lifelong learning,” said TheMuseum CEO David Marskell. “We look forward to collaborating with Laurier to share ideas and offer our stage to awe, inspire and enlighten the community.”
The middle four weeks of instruction will take place at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Various artifacts from the largest collection of video games in Canada will be presented for discussion and examination during the four on-campus sessions.
The History of Gaming runs on Tuesdays from Apr. 3 to May 8. All registrations must be submitted by March 20. Discounts are offered to students over the age of 14 and adults over the age of 55. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of participation from Laurier’s Office of Continuing Studies.
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