Sunday, 25 October 2009

Our future....wheres my controller?

This week I thought instead of laying out some facts, like we've been doing for the last few weeks, I’d write more about the difference in gaming since the old days and what effects the new era of games, consoles, and gaming has had on ourselves and our lives.

Looking at my last entry and thinking about the console and games we have today shows how much the world wants gaming! If it were still something trivial and simple, why would we intend on evolving it so far? HD gaming, full online social gaming, gaming on our mobile phones, its everywhere! It's become a part of our lives so much that we feel the need to go out and spend ridiculous amounts of money (we don't have) on things like headsets, hdmi cables, points to buy virtual things, and all the other crap that comes along; yet millions of us still do it because it's the norm.
When I first got the Sega master system II I remember waiting weeks to get a new game, but not being too bothered because it wasn't as major as it is now. I got annoyed a few months ago because I couldn't go and buy TF2 and Left 4 Dead for my new steam account. Writing this out I can see why sometimes people perceive us as childish, but again it's something we have become a part of and our addiction needs to be fed!

You can see how much people live for gaming through the whole "Xbox360 vs PS3" war. It's quite idiotic to be honest as both consoles produce a similar amount of games; obviously each has its own "unique" talents, still, why do we care so much on what other people own? It's not our money. I have the best example for this; I recently (stupidly) went out and bought an Xbox360 under the need to game. I later received a call off my friend in London, and during the conversation I told him I now own an Xbox360. From this point on our conversation consisted of, WHY DID U DO THAT? ARE YOU DUMB? WHY DIDNT U GET A PS3 blah blah froblah. Then several others decided to call and let their opinions be known again...blah blah blah. To be fair to these people, though I did die a little inside, I love playstation (although Sony are twats), and hate the fact that around 90% of Xbox users would love to do nothing more than butter up masterchief and dry hump his shiny green armour for days!
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I also have a feeling that Bill Gates is the devil, but he does give us windows so he can't be that evil! Again, I've just fallen into the whole console argument over what other people do, and that seems to be my point.
Gaming has become so much more than a pass time, it's like a second life! You need to care this much! You need to be ignorant and blissfully annoying to others because in fact, that's real life!
What does the future hold?
More insufferable buys, more annoying 12 year olds online, and more console wars, simply because gaming will continue to evolve along side human beings and technology; more intense realism, and more intense interaction with our virtual lives!


Monday, 19 October 2009

Gaming for the 80's kids

Take two! This area of game history has a lot going on, the release of home console usage, mainstream genres being created, handheld gaming, online gaming, the market crashing and third generation console creation!


This era was the true birth or gaming, it started moving from the local arcades and public areas in to more and more homes all over the world. Companies dedicated to the design and creation of games were also being formed like EA. Around the UK at first most games were played on the ZX Spectrum, which was seen as the first mainstream computer that became popular at home rather than at workplaces. In America the same thing was happening but there were more options of what you wanted to get, the apple II, Commodore 64 and Atari 800. It's odd that only some could be released in certain countries, considering the information mike graced us with (American thief's), why would it be an issue to give us some more tech to mess with?
Continuing swiftly, online gaming! Today it's crazy for a game not to come with some link to the online community either in pc or console based games. But the first statement of having online live network games were usually text-based bulletin sites where you would type out actions and commands, card games like blackjack were also becoming popular online, people would play for the points system rather than actual money. You can't send money through a phone line....that's just silly.
Next we have the handhelds, the game and watch by Nintendo was a massive breakthrough back in the 80's and most likely took that pretty penny from you. You see these now in shops being sold for a few squid, as with everything else we have evolved! Later on in the 80's the first Gameboy was released and to this day have sold 118.69 million units around the world, crazy crazy times.
Before the third generation NES and Sega Master System were released and made us feel all gooey inside the market for video games just went down the drain, it crashed. This was mainly due to companies making games they thought were AMAZING and clearly..they weren't. Games like Pac-Man just didn't interest people who owned consoles as it had been played in arcades for a long time before hand. Then there's the legendary E.T game, where you had to collect pieces of a phone home? Yes, phone home. The best thing about this game was that once you dropped into one of the holes on the screen and fell to the bottom there was no way of getting back out, so the game was actually retarded, the people who made we're most likely baboons, HOW CAN YOU MAKE THIS AND THEN TRY TO MARKET IT? IT DOESN'T WORK!
(Ramble over)
Games that were awesome in the 80's (or rather games i like from this age)
Duck Hunt, Megaman, TMNT, Shinobi, Wonderboy in monster land.

Gotta love the artwork <3

Saturday, 17 October 2009

My sword has fallen......*sadface*

Im not sure where i am at the moment, im really enjoying the course and loving the new "techniques" that im learning, its like writers block but with drawing instead of writing....drawers block? who knows..i just cant seem to concentrate on the visual aspects around me.

The worst thing about it all is that im liking the new arch location way better than the canal, hence more frustration!!! My hands just dont seem to do what i want them to do =[

BAD HANDS! oh well back to the arch..if this has bored you (which im sure it has) this should make up for it.

tasty no?

Monday, 12 October 2009

GAMEESSS!! The 1950's-1970's

It's strange to think that today we use video games as a source of entertainment yet the first classified video game was a missile defence systems created in the late 1940's to test missile attacks.
Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr and Estle Ray Mann where the men to create this device called the Cathode-ray Tube Amusement Device, although its "classed" as the first video game most of it couldn't be drawn electronically so they had to use clear sheets of plastic to draw the targets they wished to hit and then place that over the screen.
It seems that between 1949 and 1958 all "computer games" were only created through people messing around with the new technology, tic-tac-toe, HAX and mouse in a maze were all created to test the capacity of the new computers.
The first actual video game that would be used for entertainment value was tennis for two, created by William Higinbotham. It was placed in the Brookhaven National Laboratory for visitors to use while they were waiting around, this game was the predecessor of pong, unlike pong you had to hit the ball over a net in the middle and the ball was more based on how real tennis balls bounce on a court. After this more and more productions around the video game genre began, Spacewar!, Corndog, Space Travel and of course Pong.
All these men were physicists, yet they all had a hand in starting something that has gripped people for years, taken us away from games outside and left us sitting in our rooms endlessly trying to achieve something that actually, isn't that important? OH HOW WE STILL LOVE IT!!
Yet today no physicist would dare make a computer game, why would they? That's what we're here to do!
The first game I actually remember playing was duck hunt on the NES, simple enough game use the brick like orange/grey gun to shoot all those escaping ducks! I must have only been around the age of 5/6 but it was sooo amazing!!!
I then moved onto the Sega master systems where I took endless hours of my life to complete sonic, Golden Axe and Shinobi, this I guess is where my true addiction began, Sega was awesome until the Dreamcast came and basically looked like Sega had said "we can't really be asked to make these anymore." Geee thanks!
The most recent game I've been playing is Left 4 Dead as I am consoleless at this point in time *sadface* but I'm also a pc game junkie, easier to kill those special people running round the maps with my trusted mouse!