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The Game Maker’s Companion: Game Development: The Journey Continues by Jacob Hagbood, Kevin Crossley, Martin Rijks, Nana Nielsen

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Chapter 2. Platform Beginnings: An Idea with Legs

Not everyone agrees which game holds the honor of being the world's first platform game. Nonetheless, it was certainly the arrival of Donkey Kong back in 1981 that popularized this classic game genre and cemented many of its core mechanics. Mario (as he would later become known) ran, jumped, and climbed ladders between platforms in order to avoid a whole range of hazards and enemies. This seems to include all the key aspects we would expect to find in a platform game today, so it could well have been the first platform game—or at least the first digital platform game.

For real-world platform games have existed for thousands of years, and certainly long before Mario ever entered the scene. You only ...

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