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October 30th, 2011

Fake Video Games

Before Wikipedia and YouTube, it seemed especially difficult for those of us with spotty memories to remember some things from our childhood. Now, though, just a quick flash of a moment can help us fully remember and relive these old memories.

Something I’ve noticed lately is a small but artful trend of creating fake historical documents in order to suggest something’s older than it really is. Usually, this ends up being a video as video tends to be the most compelling way to do it. Here are a couple of examples.

First, as listeners to the Judge John Hodgman podcast know there was once a reference to the non-existent video game, George Plimpton’s Video Falconry. Eventually, though, fans not only created a video for it, supposedly dating from the 80s, but went ahead and created the game itself! Again, this didn’t exist in the 80s.

A more accessible example is the commercial for Lots-O-Huggin’ Bear, one of the characters from Toy Story 3. The ad indeed looks straight out of 1983, and there was even a Japanese version made.

I applaud these efforts, even if they muck with my memory. I can’t help but wonder if amateur historians will be fooled by these supposedly real artifacts.

Posted in Childhood Memories, Pop Culture, Technology

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