Research Paper 04

Assignment Overview

Each week for the majority of the semester, students will choose from a list of provided topics to research and write about.

Guidelines and Constraints

Choose at least four (4) games (two from each generation) to research from the following lists:

5th Generation Games‘93Doom (PC)Myst (Mac)NBA Jam (Arcade)NHL ’94 (SNES)Star Fox (SNES)Virtua Fighter (Arcade)‘94Daytona USA (Arcade)Final Fantasy VI (SNES)Donkey Kong Country (SNES)Super Metroid (SNES)Tekken (Arcade)Virtua Cop (Arcade)Warcraft (PC)‘95Chrono Trigger (SNES)Command & Conquer (PC)Earthbound (SNES)Twisted Metal (PS1)‘96Crash Bandicoot (PS1)Diablo (PC)Duke Nukem 3D (PC)Pokemon Red/Blue (GB)Quake (PC)Resident Evil (PS1)Super Mario 64 (N64)Tomb Raider (PS1)‘97Carmageddon (PC)Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)Final Fantasy 7 (PS1)GoldenEye 007 (N64)Gran Turismo (PS1)Postal (PC)Ultima Online (PC)

6th Generation Games‘98Dance Dance Revolution (Arcade)Half-Life (PC)The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)Metal Gear Solid (PS1)SoulCalibur (Arcade)Starcraft (PC)Starsiege: Tribes (PC)‘99EverQuest (PC)Quake 3: Arena (PC)Shenmue (Dreamcast)Super Smash Bros. (N64)System Shock 2 (PC)Team Fortress Classic (PC)Unreal Tournament (PC)‘00Counter-Strike (PC)Deus Ex (PC)Diablo 2 (PC)Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (Arcade)The Sims (PC)Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS1)‘01Bejeweled (browser game)Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2)Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)RuneScape (browser game)Super Smash Bros. MeleeSilent Hill 2 (PS2)‘02The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind (PC)Kingdom Hearts (PS2)Metroid Prime (Gamecube)Unreal Tournament 2003 (PC)Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (PC)‘03Call of Duty (PC)DOTA (PC)EVE Online (PC)Manhunt (PS2)Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (GBA)‘04City of Heroes (PC)Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)Half-Life 2 (PC)Halo 2 (Xbox)Katamari Damacy (PS2)World of Warcraft (PC)

In 600+ words, research and report your findings.Potential questions to answer:Who created the game (i.e., publisher, development company, key developers)?Which devices/consoles was the game produced for?What influences (i.e., other games, technology, people, etc.) inspired the idea for the game?How long was the game in development, and did the game run into any production issues?Who was the target demographic, how were they advertised, and how was the game ultimately received?What made this game different, innovative, or influential, and how did it’s creation change the game industry or culture?

As with any research assignment, all of your writing must be created using your own words to avoid plagiarism.

You must provide APA formatted citations for all of your sources as evidence of your research.A minimum of four (4) citations is required (one per topic).You can use Purdue OWL’s Citation Machine (Links to an external site.) to help with your citation formatting.


Attached Word document or Google Doc link with:600+ word / Weekly Research ReportFour (4) Generational GamesFour (4) citations

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