ABOUT CHRIS GARCIA

Chris Garcia joined the Computer History Museum in 1999. As Curator, Chris provides information on artifacts, develops content for exhibits, assists in donation review, gives talks, tours and writes articles for CORE--the official publication of the Museum. He specializes in the history video games, personal computing, computer music and art, and computers and technology in literature. In his spare time, Chris is a fan of science fiction and edits a number of fanzines, including The Drink Tank (Hugo Award winner, 2011)

CHRIS GARCIA ARTICLES (13 )

SpaceWar! the granddaddy of computer games, debuted in 1962.   Since then games have evolved, both in the technology they use and in the role they play in the lives of people of all generations. New Read More ...

I’m often asked if there were one object in the entire world that the museum could acquire, what would it be? It’s a tough question, there are seminal machines that would be amazing to include in Read More ...

Almost from the moment it was introduced, Apple’s Macintosh computer system was adopted by graphic artists. Perhaps it was the easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), or the programs, such as MacPaint and MacDraw, which allowed artists Read More ...

The introduction of the Macintosh was probably the largest computer announcement in American business history. It wasn’t merely an event for the technology crowd, it was also a major cultural touchstone. Covered by every branch of Read More ...

I don't tend to associate legendary Pop artist Andy Warhol with the computer. My first thoughts go to Campbell Soup cans, Marilyn Monroe, and his film works. While most of Warhol's creative output happened in the Read More ...

By 1953, computers had started to penetrate the popular culture to such a degree that they were being used in many different areas than had ever been dreamed of previously, but still, many might have found Read More ...

Perhaps the single most iconic character in the history of computer graphics isn't a representation of a living thing. It's a desk lamp. Read More ...

Every year since 1989, the Library of Congress has added twenty-five films to the National Film Registry. These are chosen from “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” that are at least ten years old. These films Read More ...

I can name the singular moment that began my interest in computer graphics. It was a video we watched on a field trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science. The video was the most amazing thing Read More ...

Sometimes, we can look back at fictional items from the days before the computer and see threads to machines that would exist decades, or even centuries later. When the museum opened Revolution: The First 2000 Years Read More ...