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Starting April 1st (we know guys, terrible launch day, but for real) Andre Meadows will be hosting Crash Course Games! In this series we are going to look at the history of games all the way back to ancient Egypt and track how they've influenced the sports, tabletop games, and of course video games we have today!

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Andre: Whoooo. (laughs) Hi, I'm Andre Meadows and welcome to Crash Course Games. Over the next 20 weeks we're going to have some fun. I mean Crash Course is always fun, but this time we're gonna have fun talking about games.

Now, of course we're gonna talk about video games, your Atari's, Nintendo's, your Sega Genesis's, your PlayStation's, your Xbox's but not just video games. Also handheld games, mobile games, tabletop games, board games, board games, card games, sports games, virtual reality games, even games going as far back as ancient Egypt and China, games you might not have heard of but mechanics in those games are still prevalent in games today. That's a lot of games!

But before we get into all these games allow me to introduce myself. My name is Andre. Ever since I was a little kid I was into computer and video games. I used to have a Nintendo Entertainment System, of course. Before that I had the Atari 2600 and before that I had a Texas Instruments TI 99/4A, nerd cred. And today I have my own YouTube channel Black Nerd Comedy where I talk about all kinds of retro, nostalgia, pop and geek culture goodness, like TV shows, movies, cartoons and of course video games.

Now, video games might be a leisure activity, but unlike what your parents told you when you were a kid or today as a kid, or adult, they are not a waste of time. You know video games that we play they have a lot to tell us about the experiences being human. As a matter of fact, humans have been playing games pretty much as long as there have been humans, and I can tell you the states have changed a little since ancient times. I mean I hate coming in last in Mario Kart as much as the next guy, but in the ancient Egypt if you were bad at games you can end up in ancient Egyptian hell. Which is kind of like Rainbow Road. 

So in this series we're gonna play some games, talk some history, maybe some science even look into gaming's future, and above all we're going to have some fun learning about this universal human behavior of people playing games.