0853555 Video Games


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Discusses various issues involving video games, including their history, video game violence, and what a video game actually is.

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0853555 Video Games

  1. 1. Video Games x1 Score 100 Time 300 (1) (2) (3)
  2. 2. A Brief History • The earliest video game was the “Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device” created in 1947 • The video game market truly began with success of pong, made by Atari in 1972. In 1975, a home version was created. • In 1983, the market crashed horribly, mostly due to the over-saturation of low quality games (E.T., etc.) • In 1985 Nintendo introduced the Famicom (known as the NES in the U.S.), which revitalized the dead video game market and opened the way for video games as we know them today
  3. 3. Video Game Industry Profits $18B $17.9B $16B $14B $12B $12.5B $10B $10.5B $10.3B $10.0B $9.9B $9.4B Profit $8B $6.9B $6B $6.6B $6.2B $5.1B $4B $3.2B $3.3B $3.0B $2B $2.0B $2.2B $0.8B (1) $0B$0.5B $0.1B $-2B 1980 1982 1983 1984 1985 1990 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Year
  4. 4. When they were first invented, video games were little more than simple toys, even though they used some of the most advanced technology of their time. With the rapid expansion of the video game market since 1985, has the basic definition of video games changed? Their content has certainly changed. Their technology has certainly changed. Their popularity has certainly changed. There is no simple way to classify video games now, but here are a few possibilities: (1)
  5. 5. TOY? (1) • Video games can be fun for all ages, but they’re still just games • They make good party entertainment, or they can be used just to pass the time
  6. 6. S • There are many professional tournaments that P “hardcore” gamers can compete in O • Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) experiences are a new social medium R T (1) (2) ?
  7. 7. ART-FORM? (1) A comparison to other forms of entertainment • As valid an art-form as movies • Offer a new level of story telling due to the depth of (2) interaction Music Movie Book DVD Video Game
  8. 8. • Some argue that video games inspire (1) violence: violent video games have a level of interactivity not found in violent movies • However, an age rating system is in place. Many would say that it is therefore the responsibility of parents to control what their children play Positive or Negative Influence? • Video games continue to push the limits of our technology, inspiring more and more powerful systems • However, is it truly beneficial when video games seem to also inspire bad habits such as laziness or even addiction? (2)
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