The Rise and Fall of the Mine Cart Level

Originally created as the very first form of edutainment, intended simply to communicate the brutal realities of 1920s mining to a generation of kids whose careers were hamstrung by draconian modern health and safety laws, the video game mine cart level soon took on a life of its own.

It turned out that the brutal realities of 1920s mining were actually a hell of a lot of fun, and by translating them so accurately, game developers inadvertently created the greatest and most enjoyable design innovation in gaming history.

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gumgum993333d ago

It really is a forgotten passage in the video game industry, but recent games, like LittleBigPlanet, have revisited this type of level.