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A video game represents the quintessence of childhood

by Critical Commons Manager

A fictional text adventure game called "Cavern of the Evil Wizard" features prominently in Penny Marshall's fantasy comedy Big. The precredit opening of the film shows a 12 year old boy playing a video game on a home PC but he is interrupted before finishing it. After being transported into the body of a grown man, he later completes the game but is deprived of the satisfaction he would have experienced as a child. This uncritical depiction of a PC game is typical of Hollywood, which seldom extends the same type of dispensation to the economically threatening specter of home console games.

Precredit PC game sequence from Big

A boy who is soon to be transported into the body of a grown man unsuccessfully plays the fictional PC game Cavern of the Evil Wizard

from Big (1988)
Creator: Penny Marshall
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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