The tape features raw footage shot for a television show called "Wired In." While the program never actually came to fruition, the footage and demos put together are an interesting look into the the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, Jamie (Jay) Fenton of Bally/Midway discusses the military's use of video game training and the future of the gaming industry.
Note: Jamie Fenton is a trans woman. Even though she was presenting as male at the time this footage was originally recorded, these notes refer to her using her proper gender.
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00:55Copy video clip URL Open on Jamie (Jay) Fenton. One of the videomakers asks Fenton about the trend of war video games in the market. Fenton talks about the military’s use of video games for training purposes. Fenton also talks about the skepticism towards video games in other countries, specifically in the Soviet Union. She states that the American military would probably have an advantage over the Soviet Union because of the American military’s use of video games in training. She goes on to talk about the fact that many video games are war based. “I think we’ve found that good old death and destruction works real good in video games and trying to be peaceful isn’t nearly as much fun as getting to blast aliens to smithereens.” Fenton also talks about delving into war literature, specifically war strategy, in hopes to create better video games. She goes on to make a comment about the image of war. Fenton goes on to say, “In video games we’ve sort of come up with a way of letting people act out their violent fantasies and, especially men, act out their ‘warrior role’ without having to kill anybody and without having to burn up expensive resources and stuff. So maybe we’re coming to the point now in evolution where we can move war out of reality and onto a computer so that we can just have fun with it rather than having it cause the immense amount of grief and suffering that it does now.”
06:28Copy video clip URL Fenton is asked about the future of video gaming. She states that the sky is the limit, but that it will take a little while before video games can look like the movie “Tron.” Fenton expresses her interest in building video games that are connected through a network. She also states that in the future all video games will be available for home usage. Fenton also talks about some of the more “far out” ideas for video game play, like 3-D sensor suits that a game player can wear during gameplay and a video game pill.
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