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Video Game Character Lifespans Over Time [Geek History]

Once upon a time your video game character’s lifespan was determined by your willingness to dump quarters in a machine. Things have evolved considerably since then, check out this infographic history of video game character lifespans to see how.

At Wired they’ve put together a chart of key moments in video game history related to expanding lifespans. The chart starts with Asteroids in 1979 and works its way to Journey in 2011. Hit up the link below to check the full infographic out.

Game Never Over: How Players Avoid Virtual Death [Wired]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/18/11

Comments (3)

  1. Antje

    You should have seen Big Rigs Over the Road Racing. That’s one of the games in which you can NEVER lose.

  2. Paul

    Wasn’t there a game proposed (not sure if it was ever made) where when your character died the game was permanently deactivated and could never be played again? The ultimate in realism, but probably not a good commercial decision.

  3. Torengo

    In Kirby Epic Yarn you can’t die. It’s a bummer because death (or some sort of significant defeat) is necessary in games.

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