From Fad to Phenomenon
This is the story of how a whimsical invention of the 1960s helped spawn the computer industry as we know it. Video games have influenced the way children live and play, forever altered the entertainment industry, and even affected the way wars are fought. See how it all began and find out what it means for the future. (PBS)
These are notes for a documentary that can be used to start a unit on argumentative or informative essays. They are fill-in the blank, in order, and ensure that students will be held accountable for new information by filling out these guided notes. After viewing, students will be asked to do some short writing explaining their view and ideas about games with three short answer questions.
The documentary is available on youtube.