Gaming and how it’s grown over time
Video gaming has come a long way from what it once used to be, starting with Pong revolutionizing how people play games. Pong was a simple game with a knob as the controller and you would easily bounce the square back and forth across the screen. Then there was Atari, which was released in 1977, they had the basic simples games like motocross, boxing etc. Then the ever popular (NES) Nintendo Entertainment System was unveiled in 1985. Was Nintendo’s first system it was an 8-bit colored gaming system. The NES was and is still a popular gaming system, among any video gamer. They had some of the most popular and widely known video games, such as Mario Bros, Bomber man, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Ninja Gaiden and Tetris to name a few. Sega joins the gaming wars in 1989 with the Sega Genesis. They helped bring Sonic to life as one of the most iconic characters coming from Sega. Starting out the 90’s, 5-6 years after NES was released, (SNES) Super Nintendo Entertainment System came out around 1990-1991. These video game systems helped start the revolution of what video gaming is today.
Mid-late 90’s Video gaming
The main two gaming systems that came out were the Nintendo 64 and Sony’s Playstation. The play station came out a year before the N64 did, although they both would go on to be known for their own system specific games. Such as Mario, Mario Kart, Golden eye, Wave Runner, F-Zero, and Super Smash Bros. Whereas play stations was Crash Bandicoot, Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, and Spyro. Sony was a step ahead of the game with using discs for the games, whereas Nintendo was still using a cartridge based system. Both systems were widely successful. Sony and Nintendo were the biggest rivals of the 90’s.
The new Millennium
Sony is again a year ahead of the game by releasing Sony’s Playstation 2 in 2000, a year later Nintendo comes out with the GameCube and out of surprise Microsoft unveils the Xbox. The playstation 2 had a slew of popular titles, such as Grand Theft Auto, God of War, Killzone2, and Ratchet and Clank. Nintendo’s GameCube had come out with Mario Kart: Double Dash, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Microsoft’s Xbox had titles that went on to be some of the most popular to date such as Halo, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, Doom 3, Splinter Cell and they also had Grand Theft Auto. By this point in time, all game systems are using discs. Although Nintendo went with using a disc for GameCube, there’s was a lot smaller than your average disc.
In 2005 Microsoft gets a head start with their next-gen console, the Xbox360. Microsoft made a big impression with the original Xbox and had a comeback with the Xbox360. Although, There biggest downfall was the Red Ring of Death. For those lucky people that bought the first generation of the Xbox360.Although the Red Ring of Death didn’t kill the Xbox360, but it did hurt Microsoft. In 2006 Sony came back with a vengeance against the Xbox360, with their PS3. The main selling point of the PS3 compared to 360, was Blu-Ray and still is one key advantage over the 360. Microsoft came out with a new and improved Xbox360, that’s much quieter, has built in wifi and is all touch buttons. Nintendo still had something up there sleeve to try and rival the now two big competitors of Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo came out with the Wii. The Wii was a motion based gaming system and was directed more towards kids and family friendly games. The Nintendo Wii was a big hit, with family and little kids. It was a gaming system that was supposed to help get people up off the couch and moving around in the living room, trying to stay active. Although a lot of people figured out you can just sit and flick the controller, instead of trying to actually implement the actions of bowling, golfing etc.
Ever since Nintendo came out with the Nintendo Wii, everyone has been coming up with implementing some sort of motion control in to their game system. The Xbox360 know has the Kinect, and the PS3 has the Playstation Move. The Playstation move still uses controllers/wands, but there selection of games that have “Move” capabilities appeals to a much more mature audience. Where the Kinect games at launch were more kid friendly, but it doesn’t have any controllers, your body is the controller. Microsoft has a lineup of games that are going to be Kinect enabled and will be more appealing to their mature audience. Nintendo comes up with new and great ideas, but doesn’t always appeal to the broadest of gamers. They are more focused on being the kid friendly gaming system. The Move has a gun add on, that helps bring more of the realism to motion gaming. One of the biggest titles for the PS3 is Killzone 3, which is Move enabled. It is incredible to look at just how far technology has come from the time of simple Pong, where it was just a console with a knob and sliding a square up and down bouncing another square back and forth. To our next gen consoles, which all have wireless controllers, some sort of online play and some sort of motion control technology.
Online game play
Online gaming has been such a huge success, for console gamers. Xbox live is one of Microsoft’s biggest competitive point in the competition in game companies. Xbox live has a vast amount of freedom to their Gold subscribers. Free demos, arcade games trailers, latest up dates, free music, and ESPN. Xbox live does play better and seems to be more secure and has had fewer problems than their main rival, Sony’s Playstation.
Sony has around 70-100 million subscribers for the Playstation Network. The main difference between Xbox live and the PSN is that you do not have to pay to play online and receive demos, themes, and some videos. Although if you want to purchase things at a reduced price, along with free music, Hulu Plus, premium themes and demos. Then Playstation Plus is your choice. Whereas Xbox live has around 30-50+ million. Xbox live, has Silver and Gold subscribers. Xbox Silver is offline and only able to have the basic of features. Xbox Gold has all the features you’d want.
Online gaming beyond the consoles
Online gaming has really changed and expanded far beyond, just the consoles. Online gaming has taken over a vast chunk of the internet. World of Warcraft, Counter Strike, Call of Duty series, MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), and RTS (Real Time Strategy). Those are some of the most popular computer games in the online gaming community. Online gaming is a way to help bring people together. There have actually been a few people that have gotten married over World of Warcraft. Online gaming has brought people from all around the world to compete for big cash prizes.
Online gaming is now about being very social and are all over mobile devices and social sites, such as Facebook and Google +. Facebook has a huge variety of games to be able to involve your friends. Farmville, Mafia Wars, and Cafe World are among the vast majority of online social games. Sims is one of the most popular games that finally joined with Facebook. Sims is an MMORPG only set in a more modern set of pace, living your life as one of the Sims characters. Social games are more about working and trying to involve your friends in the game and achieving certain objectives. The Playstation home is a MMOSG. The Home is pretty much Sony’s version of Second Life, only on the PSN instead. The Playstation Home lets your create your own character and really makes each other stand out from one another. You also have your own apartment that you can customize to your liking. Online gaming has been a great successor in the market for companies and brings in a vast amount of money.
Online Gaming has gone Mobile
Online gaming has become very popular in Smartphone’s. The iPhone has Game center and Android and iPhone have another form of online gaming company called Open Feint. A lot of premium games, such as Infinity Blade, Angry Birds, Tiny Wings, and Need for Speed. These games let people play together or against each other, whether it’s one on one or against a few other online players. The online gaming also has Achievements points, just like Xbox Live and Playstations Trophy awards. Ever since Smartphone’s became a huge success mobile gaming has taken a turn for the better. Nintendo and Sony has stiff competition against Apple and Android, due to the massive amount of games available for both smart phone’s.