This week I stumbled upon quite an interesting video on the self-proclaimed ‘investigative journalism/sociological examination’ forum, Vice.com entitled, “My Dad Saved Pinball”. Ironically enough this video tied in perfectly with Game Archaeologies, in that it focused on the controversial history of the Pinball machine, it’s days of corruption and the family who had a stake in saving it from extinction in the U.S.
This mini-documentary had some interesting parallels to Huthamo’s 2005 journal “Slots of Fun, Slots of Trouble”, that detailed the roots of electronic gaming going as far back as the Industrial Revolution.
Vice’s video brought light to Huhtamo’s focus on the relationship between humans & machines over the course of history. The transformation of machines being only a tool for production and progress with heavy negative connotations, to that of machines being used for amusement and relaxation was a fascinating concept. What also struck me was Huhtamo’s analysis…
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