The Origin of Games
I was really interested in reading about the start of gaming. I've always been a fan of RPG games, (especially those that tend to involve more narration, dialogue and a story in general). I've also been a big fan of older games, (especially old DOS ones that are old enough that they have no copyright and are available online for free). I actually have played some version of the original text adventure game that Adams talked about. I was taking a class in programming Basic, and we worked with the game, and edited the code to create our own games. It's just really immpressive to look at how far games have come since then.
I've always considered video games (Well, RPG's not so much sport or strategy games), just another form of story telling. I've always felt that despite the varied mediums, from literature to games to drama, at it's heart, story-telling is essentially the same. Certain stories work better in certain mediums, but the majority of stories can be adapted for any of them. Many stories are. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, began as novels, became a computer game and cartoon in either the 80's or early 90's (I'm not entirely sure), then became movies, and finally a whole new series of movie-inspired video games. The Resident Evil series took a much different route, and began as video game, then went first to novels and finally to movies. The same stories were successfully adapted accross multiple mediums. This phenomenon illustrates the root of the video game as a literary form