First off lets ask ourselves, what is a video game? A video game is a game
played by electronically manipulating images produced by a computer program,
a television screen, or any other display screen. Video games have been
around for more than 50 years, and since then video games have been
improving from two people playing tennis to first person shooter, MMORPG,
Moba, sandbox, and the list goes on.
What Exactly Was The First Video Game?
There has been many debates on over what was the first video game so no
one really can say which one it was. Even though no one really knows there are
some really old video games out there from the late 50’s. Tennis for two, This
game was basically two people playing tennis on a 2D screen. Until about the
80’s video games were basically black and white and very basic, such as
chess, tic tac toe, and table tennis.
What Were Video Games like in The 80’s?
In the 80’s there was lots of rpg’s rpg stands for role
playing games such as Pacman, Donkey Kong, Mario,
any game where you play a role of a character.
Pacman is a really famous classic video game. The objective of the game was
to eat all the pac dots in a maze and try not to get caught by the four ghost’s.
Pacman was meant to never end which means the game went on forever. But,
when you make it to the 256th level the screen splits and its unplayable. This
was a bug.
Donkey Kong (1983)
Donkey Kong was one of the best selling games in the 1980’s. This game was
about a carpenter called jumpman who owned a pet ape, one day the ape
kidnapped jumpmans girlfriend(Pauline) and now jumpman has to rescue his
girlfriend by climbing up ladders and dodging barrels. Later jump man was
renamed Mario and his girlfriend was renamed Princess Peach.
Mario, everyone knows who mario is. He has been around since 1981. His first
appearance was in Donkey Kong in 1981 and his name wasn’t mario, people
called him jumpman. Also he wasn’t a plumber, he was a carpenter. In 1985
Super Mario Bros came out. It was the first super mario game to be released.
Super Mario Bros is a platformer game. The storyline of the game is Bowser
(The King of The Koopas) has kidnapped his love interest Princess Peach.
Mario has to go through different levels to defeat bowser and rescue Princess
Peach. Till this day Mario has been in over 180 games.
Game Boy (1989)
Gameboy was the first successful portable video game. There are multiple
versions of the gameboy such as Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Color,
Gameboy Micro, and more. When the Gameboy was first released in USA it
came with 4 games. Tetris, Super Mario Land, Alleyway, Baseball, and Tennis.
The Gameboy had so many games that have been sold. Sadly Gameboy
discontinued in 2003.
A game console is a device that is meant for playing games. Such as Ps3, Xbox 360, Wii,
etc. Game Consoles are one of the most popular ways of playing video games today. On
game consoles there are multiplayer and single player games. In most multiplayer games
you can go online and play with random people. Most of the time there are lots of people
to play with especially if a game is new. In multiplayer mode you can use a headset to
talk to people and communicate in a game.
MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. In
MMORPG games you usually have a feature called character customization.
This feature allows the player to make their character however they want. Lots
of MMORPG’s are about wizards, knights, warlocks, lots of mythical creatures.
In MMORPG’s such as World of Warcraft, Tera, and many more, the point of
the game is to level up and get good items by doing quests so you can win
battles against other players and show off your skills.
Moba stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. In Moba games there are usually 2 teams that
fight against each other. League of Legends, Dota 2, and Smite are examples of Moba games.
Every Moba is different but alike in a lot of ways. For example in League of Legends there are
over 100 different characters to play as, all having unique play styles. The Moba arenas usually
have 3 lanes and a jungle in between the top, middle, and bottom lanes. In League of Legends
the middle lane is supposed to be a champion (character) that has low defences stats but
extremely high offence stats. In the top lane there can be either a champion with high defence
but low offence or bruiser which means in between offence and defence. In the bottom lane
there are 2 people, a ranged attack damage carry such as someone who uses a bow or a gun.
They have really high offence and extremely low defence. The other is a support champion.
This role is very important for the adc (attack damage carry), supports can be either tanky or
squishy (high defence or low defence) Their job is to help their adc get kills in their lane. The
support champion usually has shields, healing abilities, buffs, crowd control such as a stun,
slow,snare, etc. If the adc has a lot of kills at the end of the game then your support has done
their job correctly.