There’s something fantastical about flying in a video game. We can easily run, jump and swim in real life. Flight is more exotic. But we do fantasise about it. Where do you think the term “flights of fancy” comes from?
Something happened in the ’80s that forever shaped the way I thought video games would be when I got older. And that something was this scene from the Japanese animated series Macross.
On 16 December 1997, an episode of the then-unstoppable Pokémon animated series was broadcast in Japan. Barely thirty minutes later, nearly 700 children were on their way to hospital.