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Submitted: April 27, 2018

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Video Games

What exactly ARE video games?Video games are electronically displayed interactive games that are usually fun to play.There are many diverse types of video games,such as platformers,profitable,and FPS’s(First Person Shooter).

Video games have different types for a reason.If all video games were the same,then there wouldn't be different types of gamers and make video games less popular,overall.Profitable and popular games are VERY admired by Youtubers,Streamers,and LP’ers (Let’s Players).This is how most of them make their money.The best games to do this with are League of Legends©,Counter Strike(specifically CS:GO, A.K.A Counter Strike:Global Offensive),Call of Duty,and the ever so trending Fortnite.These games may alsso be addicting.Addicting games mostly make up of games that are free to play,and games that have in game purchases.For example,let’s take Fortnite.Fortnite:Battle Royale is free to play and is addicting because the game MAKES you want to win.It also has an in game currency known as “VBucks”.However,to get most of the the cool skins,you will need VBucks.You can buy them in huge quantities at a time,or play,win,and slowly receive free VBucks.This is how most free to play games make their money.Some people say that these addicting video games may affect your behaviour.Studies say that these accusations are not neccessarily false,or true.In truth,nobody really knows if video games affect your behaviour,or not.Video games have only started a few decades ago.

Video games may have started being popular in the late 70’s/early 80’s,but they have actually originated in the late 50’s.In 1958,Physicist William Higinbotham invented the first video game called “Tennis”.Tennis was very similar to the 70’s hit “Pong”.(How Video Game Systems Work).Shortly after the video game craze in the ealry 80’s,the Great Video Game Crash of 1983 happened.The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 began when a developer for Atari was only given less than 5 weeks to make E.T:The Video Game,compared to the normal 6 months!The reason he had to make it so fast was so he could make the holiday sale.Because of this,the game was an ultimate failure and was dubbed the “Worst Video Game Ever”.The game sold so horribly that there were MILLIONS of copies that went unsold.To this day,over one million copies are in a landfill in Mexico(Great Video Game Crash of 1983).How was this solved?In 1985,Nintendo made the NES and saved the video game industry with the popular title “Super Mario Bros.”.All of these games were made for a reason,of course.Kids in the 70’s and 80’s wanted to cure their boredom by playing Pong or Super Mario Bros. with their friends,thus leading to making video games popular and entertaining.Making video games is a wonderful and curious process.

In order to have video games,people must take their time and make them.These people are called Game Developers,or Game Devs,for short.In the 80’s,when video games REALLY started to take off,video games were made of plastic coating and circuitry that held the game inside.One of the first Atari video game consoles was made of a MOS 6502 microprocessor,Stella,a custom graphics chip that controlled the synchronization to the TV and all other video processing tasks,128 bytes of RAM,and 4 kilobyte ROM-based game cartridges(How Games Are Made).Back then,making video games took a decent ammount of time.Video games still take a while to make now,but back then it wasn’t much of a concern.It can take YEARS for some big projects,even with a big team,and it can take the same ammount of time for a small game with only one developer.On average,a person who makes games makes anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 a year,depending on what games they make and what company they work for.

There are many diverse types of video games,whose history goes back a long way,and also takes many years to develop.Video games are decades old,and they will continue to be a trend for many more years to come.Some video games can also take decades to make.Video games are an important part of young kids culture and 21st century culture.Video games have changed throughout the years and will keep developing stronger and more advanced each time.

 


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