Past Present and Future

February 9 — 17, 2017

A week long look at contemporary and historical black voices in videogames, including the work on Jerry Lawson. Jerry Lawson was a self-taught engineer who brought us the video game cartridge. His interest in computing led him in the 1970s to Silicon Valley's Homebrew Computer Club, of which he was one of only two black members at the time. While with the club, he crossed paths with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Lawson's work allowed people to play a variety of games in their homes, and paved the way for systems such as the Atari 2600, Nintendo, Xbox and Playstation.

Breakup Squad by Catt Small
Spherical Smackdown by Rachél Bazelais & David Wallin
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan by Kiro'o Games
Sameness Achieved by RAFia
Cyberwar by Michael Green, Jono Mi Lo
A selection of Jerry Lawson's Fairchild Channel F Games

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