General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Ana Beatriz Pérez Zapata

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Ana Beatriz Pérez Zapata

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish

Els materials podran proporcionar-se tant en català com en castellà o anglès. In addition, there may be recommended readings in other European languages ​​(French, Italian ...).


Basic skills
  • B1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is based on general secondary education, and is accustomed to finding at a level that, although with the support of advanced textbooks, also include some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of your field of study


  • B3_Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues


  • B4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences


Specific skills
  • V1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of video games and analyze the reference video games with arguments based on evaluation criteria contextualized in the historical and cultural framework.

Transversal competences
  • T1_That students know a third language, which will be preferably English, with an adequate level of oral and written form, according to the needs of the graduates in each degree


  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources



The subject of History and Industry of Video Games (6 ECTS) is a first approach to the multidisciplinary, cultural and historical aspects of video games, within the framework of the subject of Game Design and Creation. It works from the historical perspective of the video game, the players / users, the companies and the social and cultural contexts where they are broadcast. The course consists of theoretical sessions, video viewing and co-production of knowledge from the constant interaction between teacher and students. To achieve the knowledge, the subject evaluates on the one hand the theoretical knowledge and the attitude and participation of individual way and, on the other, the capacity to work in group.


Topic 1. Introduction. What is a game and what is play?

Play the game

The game, society, culture.

Historiographic methodologies and criteria

Item 2. Preservation

Strategies and criteria

Agents. Museums and heritage

Local stories, minor platforms, ignored story. The Femicom case.

Failures and rarities

Item 3. Ancestors of the video game

Board games, popular and analog

Mechanical and electromechanical games

Visual toys

Computer experiments

Topic 4. Beginnings of the video game. 70s. Atari.

Before Pong

The Golden Age of Arcade

First systems

 The American crash. Atari Shock.

Topic 5. The 8 bits. Nintendo. Microcomputers and PCs.

Japan: Sega, Nintendo and others


The video game on PC. The graphic adventure

Topic 6. The 90s. The 16 bits.

Japan: Sega, Nintendo and others

First 3D

Topic 7. Sony. Arrival of 3D, CD and online

The arrival of PlayStation


The online jump

Topic 8. The casual revolution and the indie revolution

The accidental revolution

The indie revolution

Item 9. History of the video game in Spain


Relevant games and figures

Myths of the Golden Age

Distribution in Spain

Co-productions and international presence

Item 10. History of VR

First concepts and experiments

The 90s. Ambitions and failures

Implementation. A new screen?



Evaluation system

The grade of each student will be calculated following the following percentages:

A1. Group work: Gameplay commented (video) 30%

A2. Group work: Reading articles and presentation  20%

A3. Partial exam 1: Student continuous assessment exam 10%

A4. Partial exam 2: Student continuous assessment exam 10%

A5. Partial exam 3: Student continuous assessment exam 10%

A6. Final exam: Final evaluation exam of the subject 20%

Final grade = A1 x 0,3 + A2 x 0,2 + A3 x 0,10 + A4 x 0,10 + A5 x 0,10 + A6 x 0,20

- It is necessary to obtain a mark superior to 5 in the final exam to pass the asignatura.
- An activity not delivered or delivered late and without justification (court summons or medical matter) counts as a 0.
- In the case of detecting plagiarism, copying or fraud in any evaluable activity or test, this will automatically obtain a final grade of 0. Additionally, in cases of copying or fraud, both the person who copies and the person who allows copying are responsible for the conduct, and the consequences of the conduct affect all students involved in the irregular action. Regardless of the suspension caused by plagiarism, copying or fraud, the professor will communicate the situation to the Department Management so that the applicable measures are taken in terms of disciplinary regime and the initiation of the relevant disciplinary file.
- Spelling errors, writing errors and formal and technical problems specific to the subject will be penalized with 0,10 points, up to a maximum of 2 points, in all assessable activities and tests.
- You must take the final exam. Otherwise, the student will have a NP for the subject and will not be able to present for recovery.
- Three of the five activities with NP imply that the subject has not been followed and involve a NP.


  • It is necessary to obtain a mark superior to 5 in the final exam of recovery to pass the asignatura.
  • The grade of the make-up exam will be equivalent to the final grade



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