The Art of Video Games: The Bards Tale III: Thief of Fate” Exhibition Video

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  • NARRATOR: “The Bard’s Tale III” established many conventions that would become standard for subsequent adventure and role-playing games. In the game, players traveled to different worlds, each signified by its own colorful artwork.

    The variety of detailed environments for players to explore set this game above other titles of the time. It was also one of the first games to include an automapping feature, in which a top-down abstract map was automatically updated as the player discovered more areas.

    Music played a significant role, and included elements from contemporary popular culture, such as a song from the Monty Python film, “The Quest for the Holy Grail.”

    The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate Ω 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    This video is one of 80 displayed in The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.