The Art of Video Games: Phantasy Star” Exhibition Video

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  • NARRATOR: “Phantasy Star’s” sophisticated storyline and innovative use of technology set it apart from similar games of the time. Players took the role of Alis Landale, who seeks revenge on the king for the death of her brother. As the game progresses, however, Alis discovers widespread oppression under the king’s rule and her goal turns from revenge to liberation.

    “Phantasy Star’s” graphics were ground-breaking. When players entered a dungeon, for example, the traditional, top-down 2-dimensional view switched to a 3D, first-person perspective, adding a sense of solidity and realism. The game also made extensive us of background graphics. In most other role-playing games of the time, battles and events took place against generic backgrounds. In “Phantasy Star,” each background reflected the specific location, further connecting the player to the fictional world of the game.

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