IT 10: Golden Age of Video Games

For this assignment, you create a game review on a poster board based on a vintage coin-operated arcade game from the “golden age.”

Except from Wikipedia:

The golden age of arcade video games is defined as the peak era of arcade video game popularity and technological innovation. Although there is no consensus as to its exact time period, most sources place it as starting in the late 1970s and lasting to the mid-1980s.

During the late 1970s, video arcade game technology had become sophisticated enough to offer good-quality graphics and sounds but it was still fairly basic as realistic images and full-motion video were not yet available. The success of a game had to rely on simple and fun gameplay. This emphasis on the gameplay is why many of these games continue to be enjoyed today despite being vastly outdated by modern computing technology.

You will work in a group of threes (or two in exceptional circumstances). You may choose your own group but will be assigned a video game by the teacher.

The game review will include a brief introduction/history (e.g. original developer, manufacturer, distributor, head designer/programmer, release year, etc.), game play (e.g. story, purpose, screenshot, etc.), independent reviews from each group member (e.g. pros and cons, overall score), conclusion/bottom line, and MLA-formatted references.

Research for Independent Review

You must do some research by playing the game that you are assigned and then write your own review. The independent reviews must be written in third-person present tense. You may comment on the graphics, sounds, story, controls and overall gameplay (i.e. overall fun factor). In addition, you must independently rate the game based on the scale that your group has agreed on.

First Rough Draft, Then Poster

Once done, complete the other sections. You and your group must electronically submit a rough draft (in the shared folder on Google Drive) and make corrections before working on the game poster.


  • Visual – 10 marks
  • Content and Mechanics- 15 marks
    • Introduction / History (3 marks)
    • Game Play (3 marks)
    • Independent Reviews (6 marks)
    • Conclusion and References (3 marks)

Total: 25 marks