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This topic contains 4 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  dmellamphy 5 years, 1 month ago.

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  • #8488

    dmellamphy
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    Hi everyone,
    I’m writing an article about gaming in Ireland for a US book and I need to find out when the first arcade and home console games were imported into Ireland, what they were and how they were received. Does anyone have any reliable sources that I can reference for this information?
    Thanks.

  • #48672

    aphra
    Keymaster

    so I guess we are talking about the 70s for home consoles but arcades that is a different matter, probably earlier.

    games world used to be on liffey street in dublin and was an irish independent retailer before it was bought by game. Maybe some of the original people from there might know.

    i also remembered that leslie haddon in the uk has written about the history of computer and console dev. in the uk. If that would help I have some references.

    Aphra

  • #48675

    dmellamphy
    Participant

    Thanks Aphra,
    The chapter is specifically on Ireland (as someone else is discussing the UK) but do you know if Leslie Haddon mentions Ireland anywhere? I’ll have to find that and have a look. Thanks for letting me know about Games World!

  • #48677

    aphra
    Keymaster

    No he focuses on the UK but he does look at the role of early computer magazines and I suspect some of those mags were available in Ireland too..

    It was his PhD but here are a couple of articles

    Haddon, L. (1988). "Electronic and Computer Games: The History of an Interactive Medium." Screen 29(2): 55-7.

    Haddon, L. (1988). "The Home Computer: the Making of a Consumer Electronic." Science as Culture(2): 7-51.

    Aphra

  • #48678

    dmellamphy
    Participant

    Thank you so much Aphra, that’s really helpful. I’ll have a look at his work.

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