Video Game Consoles

Video Games and consoles have expanded greatly in the last few decades. They have brought endless hours of entertainment to millions of people all over the world, myself included. It is very interesting to think about how they have changed our world, which has come mainly in the form of communication.

Let’s first look at some of the video game consoles we have seen over the last few decades. Think back to the first gaming system you can think of, or maybe the first one you played on. For me, it was the Nintendo 64. I would spend hours everyday with my friend next door playing Mario Kart. But even before the Nintendo 64, there were consoles such as the Atari and the Odyssey. There were also handheld video game systems such as the Gameboy and the PlayStation Portable, which came much later. Two of the biggest home video game console makers are Sony, who created the PlayStation line, and Microsoft, with the creation of the Xbox line. Within the last two decades we have seen three different Xbox consoles, and four different PlayStation consoles. Video Gaming is an extremely large industry, and one in which won’t go away anytime in the near future.

So how exactly have these consoles evolved? One of the biggest things that has changed is the variety of games. When consoles were just being made they would simply be a single game, or only have the capability to play a few different games. In today’s world, however, there are hundreds of games on a variety of different gaming systems that we can choose from. If you don’t like action games, you can play sports games. If you don’t like sports games, you can play adventure games, and so on. The opportunities now seem to be endless. Another huge part of the industries evolution has been the changes in graphics. Video games now almost give you a feeling of real life, as if you are really there in the action. This has really expanded the user base because people feel like they’re actually a part of the game. Another way consoles have expanded is in their capabilities. Consoles can now do much more than play games. They can connect to the Internet and play movies. You can use them to watch Netflix, or even connect to your favorite social media websites. It really is crazy to think about all the capabilities that some of the modern consoles have, and I can’t wait to see where they go in the future.

The numbers are staggering. According to an online study, over 700 million people are playing games online. Another study shows that over 34 million people, in the United States alone, play video games for at least 22 hours a week. This is more than half of the time it would take to work a full time job! Whether this time is well spent or wasted is an argument left for other people, but I do know that video games give people joy all around the world.

Works Cited

“Study: 1.2 Billion People Are Playing Games Worldwide; 700M of Them Are Online – GeekWire.” GeekWire. N.p., 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2015. <http://www.geekwire.com/2013/gaming-report-12-billion-people-playing-games-worldwide/&gt;.

“Study: 1.2 Billion People Are Playing Games Worldwide; 700M of Them Are Online – GeekWire.” GeekWire. N.p., 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2015. <http://www.geekwire.com/2013/gaming-report-12-billion-people-playing-games-worldwide/&gt;.

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