Monthly Archives: April 2014


Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games Part 2

My Experience At The Retro Game Night

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: The Story Continues

This post is a continuation of a previous post that I had written titled, ” Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games Part 1“. If you have not read part one, then you should click here in order to read it and get caught up.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: The Rise of the New

In 1984, everything changed. The reason? Two innovations: The reduction in cost of Dynamic RAM (DRAM) chips which allowed more memory, and the production of higher power 8-bit processors, which lowered the prices of the previous chips.

Sega, a new player in home gaming systems, entered the console market with their Master System 2. The Sega Master system would sell very well, but its success would be limited.

The other key player was Nintendo of Japan. The genius of Nintendo was their marketing prowess, as they poured millions into advertisements. These advertisements hit consumers at the perfect time, as evidenced in their sales.

In fact, Nintendo couldn’t manufacture enough systems to keep up with demand. After all was said and done, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) would become the highest selling system in history.

They would also become the most notorious, as they were involved in the intimidation of retailers, competing companies, and other suppliers and partners.

Over the next five years Sega and Nintendo would battle for dominance, going back and forth. The consumer definitely benefited from this rivalry.

The next era, it was between PlayStation 2, the Xbox and the GameCube. Xbox has taken the step to merge the past and present, where Xbox “Live Arcade” is a console system that has a “download-like” characteristic where you can buy games via the console itself.

One thing in the video game industry will always remain: the classic games of yesterday were great games, helped define an era, and will always be fun.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: Exploring The Awesomeness Of The Present

With the transitions of two generations for example PS3 –> PS4, there are much promise for the future however it is only a matter of time before we can see the next generation reach its full potential.

As I write this post, the PS3 and Xbox 360 have not been utilized to its full capacity.

Another thing is that the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii had some form of downward compatibility and the next generation do not which put it in a state where it is competing against itself.

It is one of the few times in history where people would prefer to stay with the current system than to actually upgrade to the next system.

Now all we can do is sit back and watch how the game systems will address these downfalls in the future. I am confident it will work itself out and gaming will roar on and on into the future.

Thank you all for reading and for time and space reasons I did not address handhelds and mobile games but if you would like for those to be explored please leave me a comment.

 

Take Care and God Bless,

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now A Word From Our Sponsor

(Be Sure To Ask Me About Advertisement Packages)

_____________________________________________________________________________

Click the flyer below and enter your information on the next screen to get the insight on this great
Secret that can change the lives of you and your family.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games Part 2

 

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games Part 1

My Experience At The Retro Game Night

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games – The Beginning

Of all the things that the 1970’s produced, there are few that made as big of a cultural impact as video games. There’s no question about it: video games have been a significant force in society and one of the most popular leisure pursuits.

Chances are if you’re under the age of 40, you played them, some of us a lot. There was Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision. Don’t forget Sega and Nintendo. Today there are web sites that allow you to download free online games.

And if you remember those days of the late ‘70’s and early 80’s, you recall that the games relied on graphic improvements and better ways of shooting the enemy. It was more or less a solitary pursuit.

With the rise of the Internet and online games however, lots of things changed, including the ability to download games and playing online games, making games a more social activity, with lots of players, or opponents playing each other from different countries.

This may be the biggest change – and the latest benefit that games have offered the world.

But what about the early days? How did it all start and what were the video games that defined the era?

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: The Innovators

Many people think that Pong was the home game that started it all, but really it was Magnavox and their “Odyssey” system in 1972.

Although it was very simple, it was still the first. It had twelve simple games with graphic overlays.

However, there was lots of room for improvement, and that’s where Pong came into play.

Nolan Bushnell created Pong, along with Al Alcorn, the founder of Atari. Rumor has it that when the prototype was tested at a California bar, the machine broke down after two days, because it was so popular.

The next logical step was to create a home version. So, one year later, Atari released Pong, complete with built in paddles, and a speaker. Of course, Pong was a huge success and represented a new stage in the evolution of gaming.

Over sixty Pong knock-offs would be produced, but Atari dominated the market.

Next was the implementation of the microprocessor, which the entire industry adopted. As a result of this, more complicated systems could be developed. These systems produced groundbreaking and innovative graphical and auditory effects that had never been seen before.

Consumers were eating it up. The industry was on fire. In 1981 alone, five billion dollars were spent on video arcade machines and another billion dollars was spent on home video game systems.

Atari’s VCS/2600 system remained the dominant player through 1982, when the gaming market experienced a crash.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: Pac Man

What were some of the great games? How about Pac Man? Pac Man, the yellow blob that ate up dots and avoided squid-like ghosts, was a worldwide sensation and probably the biggest game of all time.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: Space Invaders

Space Invaders was another incredibly popular game. In fact, it really marked a turning point for arcade games, bringing them out of bars and into family friendly places like shops and restaurants.

The premise of Space Invaders was to stop an alien invasion. This simple formula went on to become the most successful arcade game of all time.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: Super Mario and Others

Then there was Super Mario, which was huge as well.

It involved an Italian anti-hero who was deliberately designed as a character that everyone could relate to. Soon thereafter came Zelda, Metroid, and other classics.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games: Rise and Fall of Atari

Atari was the hottest thing in the gaming world in the early ‘80’s. Today, they are a relic of past glory. So what happened? Atari made some bad decisions, and although it’s a little complicated, it’s helpful to understand the situation.

At that time in the computing world, magnetic mediums were implemented in the data storage used in Arcade machines.

These mediums allowed for a higher memory capacity than ROM cartridges.

In 1982, Atari had the option to include a disk drive in their systems. The price difference would have been nominal, and the memory capacity would have been significant. Atari, however, thought that magnetic media was too “fragile” for the consumer to adequately handle.

Atari’s “concern” for the customer backfired on them. In the previous years, there had been a very fine line separating arcade game quality from home game quality. With arcades utilizing storage capacities ten to forty-five times larger than home systems that fine line became a chasm.

Arcade games seemed to be evolving exponentially, while home systems seemed “stuck in a time warp.”

The public quickly became uninterested in video game specific consoles, and sales plummeted.
This would mark the end of Atari’s reign of the video game market.

This concludes part 1 of this post be sure to check out part 2 of Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games.

 

 

Take Care and God Bless,

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games Part 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now A Word From Our Sponsor

(Be Sure To Ask Me About Advertisement Packages)

_____________________________________________________________________________

Click the flyer below and enter your information on the next screen to get the insight on this great
Secret that can change the lives of you and your family.

Exploring The History Of The Awesomeness Of Video Games Part 1

 

How Salsa Dancing Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories

Why Having Dance Lessons Are Good For You And To You

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories: You Can Do It With Salsa Dancing

Experts agree that dancing salsa can burn up to 10 calories per minute. But best of all, salsa dancing is easy to do. It’s an excellent workout exercise that combines aerobic and anaerobic training.

Lets start the post on How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories.

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories: Aerobic and Anaerobic Training

Let me explain the difference between the two…

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories: Aerobic

Specifically refers to the use of the same large muscle group, rhythmically, for a period of 15 to 20 minutes or longer while maintaining 60-80% of your maximum heart rate. Basically it’s doing an activity for a long period of time at low intensity. Activities using aerobic exercise include jogging, swimming, walking, biking and cross-country skiing.

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories: Anaerobic

 

Anaerobic activity refers to activities that are short in duration and high in intensity. Some anaerobic activities include: weight lifting, sprinting, racquetball, downhill skiing, softball, soccer and football. Its high intensity and works the muscles quickly and rigorously.
Aerobic refers to air or oxygen. To easily remember the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise just think that since aerobic is air or oxygen, that these types of activities should allow you to speak while performing the activity without gasping for air.

If you are gasping for air during your activity you are most likely working anaerobically – which means faster, harder and at a higher intensity.
The continual movement of the salsa dance style steadily burns calories but also tones the body – most specifically the legs. But not only does it tone the body but it also adds strength to muscles without the high impact of most other exercises like weight training or running.

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories: Salsa Is A Good Choice

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories

Salsa is also an excellent exercise choice because it combines individual dance routines that can also be paired up with a partner.

Actually, salsa dancing can be practiced alone and then adding a partner for added excitement. The social charm that partnered salsa dancing has is very appealing.

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories: A Night Of Dancing

A night of dancing is an excellent workout. If you are just learning to salsa dance you most likely will be working anaerobically.

But as you advance to quicker salsa movements that are more complex like the professional salsa dancers twirling through the air with jumps and intense spins requiring strength, you will most likely be working your body anaerobically. This means that your muscles are working at a high intensity level.

In general, salsa dancing is an excellent workout. You’ll get fit, more toned and look better but also have fun while you’re doing it! Start joining the salsa craze now and use the information on How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories.

 

Thank you for reading and have a great day

Take Care and God Bless,

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now A Word From Our Sponsor

(Be Sure To Ask Me About Advertisement Packages)

_____________________________________________________________________________

Click the flyer below and enter your information on the next screen to get the insight on this great
Secret that can change the lives of you and your family.

How Salsa Dancing  Can Help You Lose Those Extra Calories

 

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story Part 2

My Experience At The Retro Game Night

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – Continue From Part 1

Last week we started to get into the motivation of the gamer in the first part of The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story part 1. We discussed challenge and its ugly stepsister competition, two of the most common motivators. If you have not read The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story part 1 then click here to read it before continuing on. Today, we look at two more on the way to forming an overall model for what moves us.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – Creativity Is An Art

Perhaps less common than the first two motivators, creativity is nonetheless an important driving force in the gamer psyche. Though at first gaming doesn’t seem like a particularly creative act, what with its formalized rules and structured systems, there is much more room for self expression than one might think. Some games play to this directly through unique presentations or artistic themes.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – Engaging The Creativity

Music games and many of the Sim titles are basically just expressive outlets that happen to be governed by a computerized system of rules. Other creatives find their outlet in multiplayer gaming. The modern MMORPG sports equipment and decorative combinations numbering well into the millions.

The Creatively Motivated gamer takes pleasure in designing how their character looks as well as changing how they interact with their environment. Creatively Motivated gamers thrive when outlets are available. Anything involving a high degree of expression, decoration, or a large abstract component draws them. They wilt in gaming environments governed purely by numbers, and in those where presentation is extremely homogeneous.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – Escaping Reality

Though we sometimes don’t like to admit it, escapism is a motivation that lives in the heart of every gamer. By design, a game creates an inherently different world. Even games which have as one of their primary goals simulation of some aspect of the real world recast the player into some role they find more exciting than their own.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – Make your Own Reality, Sorta

Escaping into the role of adventurer, pilot, quarterback or even zookeeper provides motivation for nearly every gamer. Escapism Motivated gamers seek out games where the environment is rich, comprehensive, real. They thrive in worlds where suspension of disbelief is high, where they can lose themselves in the depth and complexity available to them.

They gravitate toward role playing and simulation, environments where the world is rich and believable. They tend to avoid abstract games where the underlying reality is difficult to believe or understand. It is a strange sort of paradox that MMORPGS, with their incredibly deep histories and expansive worlds, are not as attractive to Escapism Motivated gamers as pure RPGs.

This effect arises from the multiplayer aspect. Players talking in a public channel about out of game topics or, worse, about the mechanical and numerical aspects of the game world may well ruin the escapists experience and cause them to seek the company of non player characters or others who share their motivation.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – Downside Of Escapism

Much has been made of the downside of escapism. A gamer who spends too much time in a world not their own can begin to lose touch. This sort of disassociation with reality can, and has, lead to all sorts of problems with work, school and personal relations. This does not mean, however, that escapism is itself an unhealthy thing. It is a basic part of the human experience.

The reason we vacation, watch moves, enjoy sporting events or go camping is inherently escapist. As people, we are often unsatisfied with out lot in life. It’s natural to seek out activities that allow us to experience something outside of our day to day. Gaming is no different. However, as gamers, we are an oft misunderstood community.

We owe it to ourselves and to the world at large both to fight with information, by spreading the positive realities of gaming and gamer culture, and to fight internally against obsession. No matter how good a substitute for the real world a game may seem it is, in the end, only a pastime. Leave it once in a while.

Next week, we conclude with Social Interaction. Then, we’ll move on to some sort of unified theory about all this.

Next week we will take a look at some other common gamer motivations and explore the reason why we play video games: the gamer’s story.

Take Care and God Bless,

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer's Story Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now A Word From Our Sponsor

(Be Sure To Ask Me About Advertisement Packages)

_____________________________________________________________________________

Click the flyer below and enter your information on the next screen to get the insight on this great
Secret that can change the lives of you and your family.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer's Story Part 2

 

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google PlusVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On LinkedinCheck Our Feed