Video game history in focus at public library

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The Minot Public Library will be hosting an event for all video game enthusiasts to attend to learn about the history of video games. The event will have guest speakers Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and Tristan Donovan, author of Replay: A History of Video Games.

Tristan Donovan is a UK writer and author who has written multiple books and is a big fan of video games, having grown up playing them.

“I can’t think of a time when I had no interest in them at all. I grew up playing a lot of arcade and computer games and had the privilege of being a game player during the time that the medium evolved from really simple games like Space Invaders into games like Red Dead Redemption or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” Donovan said.

The event will have his novel, Replay: A History of Video Games, on sale for guests to purchase. Donovan has been a writer since the 1990s, starting with article writing for a British homelessness charity magazine and moving on to things such as BBC News Online, Eurogamer, and many others before adding book writing to his list.

“Books offered the chance to really explore a topic in depth and more freedom in how you write about and approach the subject,” he said when asked about his writing.

He will be talking to those at the event via Skype since he lives in the UK. He will mostly be skyping in to talk with everyone, but he will be covering a few points.

“I’ll be talking about are some of the big turning points in video game history, including moments people are less familiar with such as the role the 1997 Asian credit crisis played in redefining how video games are sold and played,” he said.

Rock 30 will also be providing new and old systems for participants to enjoy.

“My coworker and I will be at the event. We will be letting them use a PlayStation 1, a couple PlayStation 2 games, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Atari,” Eliora Matison, manager at Rock 30, said.

The History of Video Games will start at 1 p.m and pizza will be served.

For more information, call the Minot Public Library at 852-1045.

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