VIDEO GAME [R]EVOLUTION
The history of video games may be relatively short but the impact of the cultureof electronic gaming systems is undeniably influential in society today. It is important tofirst be able to describe the timeline, analyze it and finally evaluate the timeline as awhole. This is what I will do with a timeline I chose.
LETS BREAK IT DOWN
My timeline was published by Education Database Online in 2009 and can befound on their website. The database itself was created to educate prospective collegestudents about educational opportunities. This specific timeline is used by students pursuing video game development programs. The graphic, titled "Video GameTimeline", sheds some light on the history of the medium and how it has evolved since1967. The layout is simple but effective. It is spread out on a white background and progresses from left to right. The scene is set with a short sentence at the beginning of the graphic under the title. It reads, "As the world of video games continues to evolve,we take a look back at popular consoles and video games that helped make Nintendo,Sony, and Microsoft the giants they are today." There is a vertical multicolored line thatleads from the title and sentence down to the wide horizontal line that changes colors asthe time progresses. It breaks time into large chunks labeled as "Generations" and eachgeneration has highlighted milestones labeled by the year it happened. Font colors andstyles are chosen carefully. The year is a bold, vintage style and is either red or black.The red dates represent a milestone in consoles while the red dates represent a notablerelease of a game. Under the year, in smaller black text reads a brief description of whathappened that year. Alongside the description is a picture of either a console or acharacter from one of the games that was released at that time. The timeline starts in1967 and ends in 2009.
THE ANALYTICAL TABLE OF ELEMENTS
The timeline is simple, yet extremely effective. Analyzing this graphic, I foundthat the elements and principles of design are key to get information across to the viewer.Color is what first drew my attention. The main horizontal line changes boldcolors as it goes across. Each generation is divided into these separate colors, they arenot just simple hues but go in order from mint green, pea green, dark yellow, bright red,chocolate brown, orange and black. Although these colors have no direct associationwith a moment in time, they do add interest and make the timeline appear more graphic