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.
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.
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
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