Video games were first introduced to the world well over six decades ago. There have been many debates about which game in particular came out first.
Many people claim that “Pong” was the humble beginning for video games but there were in fact many that came before it. Nonetheless, the video game industry started small during the early years but it soon spiraled out of control into what we see today.
- There’s Something For Everyone
There are so many games out there now that it’s hard to get an estimate for the number of games created. Most of the games being created today are tailor-made to fit the needs of the people, but most of them are specially crafted to fit a certain group. There’s a myriad of genres out there, and every now and then game developers come up with ideas which are one of a kind and doesn’t really fall into any specific type. Games are also divided into age groups so that kids do not have access to excessive violent content. Some games even feature a parental lock which allows kids to play slightly violet games but blood, gore and curse words are censored out.
- A New Industry in Competitive Gaming
No one really thought that competitive gaming would be as big as it is today. “League Of Legends” had 32 million viewers watching the finals of North America’s LCS. A lot of companies now invest in gaming teams and tournaments because they know that their logo will be broadcasted to millions of viewers across the world. So the money that would usually go into creating new posters for billboards now go into funding professional gaming teams.
- A Part of Our Lives
Many people take a big chunk of time out of their busy lives just to be able to enjoy video games. As a matter of fact, a lot of people now spend their free time playing games rather than do anything else. It is the primary source of entertainment when you have time to kill. If someone is waiting for or on a public transport, and they are bored then the first thing they will do is reach for their phone and use it to play games.
- Another Addiction to Deal with?
There have been many arguments against the amount of time we spend playing video games. As a gamer, I have to admit that I do dedicate quite a bit of my time every day to play games but am I addicted to it like an average ‘meth addict’? Nope, it’s not something that is slowly killing me or will kill me if I suddenly stop doing it one day. A lot of people also like to believe that games thwart social development but I don’t see myself being an introvert any time soon. If anything, games help creating new bonds as most games require a lot of team work in order to achieve victory.
Video games have played a huge role in building the society we know today. They have both good and bad effects on people – it all depends on how you look at it. The games we grew up playing has helped bring our imaginations to life and taught us many things schools could not. And they will continue to so in the years to come because this is one industry that will only keep expanding.
Studies have managed showed that video games are therapeutic. Some of them can help stimulate the brain and help people perform activities they never thought they could ever do again. Now isn’t that insane?
So, how do you look at video gaming in today’s world? Do share your views in the comment section, we’ll be glad to hear from you.