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When confronted with fantastic technology, the first impulse a person has is usually to figure out a way to waste hours of their time doing something nonproductive with it. The very first video game was the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device developed in 1947, though most people consider the 1972 game, Pong, to be the first traditional video game. The public has had a long and checkered past with video games, sometimes treating them as toys for children, and other times welcoming them as a hobby for adults. According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the average age of a gamer is currently 34 years old, and the average gamer has spent 12 years gaming.

The 1970s: Motown, Bell Bottoms and the Atari
Video gaming emerged as a true industry in the 1970s. Although arcades were extremely popular throughout this decade, home video game consoles were also introduced. There were a multitude of different consoles, but only one would end up standing head and shoulders above the rest: Atari. The Atari Video Computer System retailed at $199 and according to Video Game Console Library, there were a total of 418 games released for the platform. At this time, video games were mostly the domain of children and teenagers.

The 1980s: Big Hair, Legwarmers and Mario
Arcades grew tremendously in popularity throughout the 1980s–often known as the Golden Age for Arcade Games. At the same time, IBM PC compatible computer games were being developed, and home computers were starting to become more accessible. The Nintendo Entertainment System was also released in 1983, and quickly became the most popular console on the market. According to Examiner, the popularity of the NES system skyrocketed due to a single Italian plumber named Mario.

The 1990s: Dot-com, Beanie Babies and Shareware
The decade of the 1990s was marked by a release of many portable gaming systems, as well as an increase in the overall home computer market for video games. Shareware played a huge part in this, because it enabled home computer users to download, play, and release video games into the community. Sega managed to break into the console industry with Sonic the Hedgehog, though Nintendo still captured a large amount of market share. Meanwhile, iD’s 1996 FPS Quake completely revolutionized the video game industry and ushered in a new model of Internet-based gaming.

The 2000s: High School Musical, Freedom Fries and Counter Strike
The 2000s saw console and online gaming becoming rapidly more popular among adults. As laptops for the classroom, office and even home use became more popular, a shift towards casual games that required less powerful systems also developed. A simple casual game called The Sims dominated market share and opened the door for more female gamers. CNN reported that The Sims was the best-selling PC game from 2000 to 2003, and has now sold more than 125 million copies. At the same time, the market stabilized to show a total of three major video game systems: the Sony PlayStation, the Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo Wii.

The 2010s: Zumba, Dog Shaming and the Next Generation
The next generation of video game consoles are being eagerly awaited, including the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Video games are pushing forward with motion-based and voice-based technology, which is leading to far more inventive methods of playing. Independent developers are also attempting to break into the game business, such as the Ouya, which is an Android-based video game console. The games on the Ouya are intended to be completely free, as noted on the Ouya website. The market has shifted towards more casual and accessible games, especially among the female demographic.

This guest post was written by Jessica Lyman, a freelance reporter who covers the gaming industry.
Posted on September 19th, 2013 by MHD | Leave a Comment (1)
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Punch Out for the Wii

Okay, I admit it. I’m not the best when it comes to video game news and getting around to new games. Bioshock is still on my shelf in its original wrapping. But how in the world did I miss the fact that Nintendo delevloped a new entry to the Punch Out series, exclusivly for the Wii. The party system and one of my favorite classic games, together at last?

Punch-Out!! Wii came out in the middle of May (so I’m not too late here) and features just about all of my favorite characters form the original game (you didn’t expect Tyson to be back, did ya?) and a few from SNES’s Super Punch Out.

In the new game you have the option of using the controller in the traditional Nintendo style, or you can use the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Balance Board to physically fight your way through the game.  The game also has a two player mode, so you can beat the tar out of your friends.

Posted on June 5th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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It will be really hard to top last week’s The Pit with zombie legos, but I’ll try!

  • What are the top 20 Wii games that you should already own? (IGN)
  • You can watch the season 2 premiere of “Chuck” for 12 more hours! With its crowded Monday timeslot (Terminator, How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl), this might be the best time to check it out. (Hulu)
  • Eager to watch TV tonight?  Suggestions for your TiVo. (BuzzSugar)
  • With the election getting closer, how about we look at the woes of another campaign? (YouTube)
Posted on September 28th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Dead Rising is coming to the Wii, with hack and slash gameplay

One of my favorite games on the X-Box 360 is coming to the Wii! “Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop” follows the story of “Frank West, an overly zealous freelance journalist on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. In pursuit of a juicy lead, he makes his way to the small suburban town of Willamette only to find that it has become overrun by zombies. Frank escapes to the local shopping mall” where the real fun begins (Source: IGN).

While the graphics might not be as slick as they were on the 360, the Wii offers a way for gamers to enter the zombie infested mall in a whole new way as you’ll have to hack/slash and point/shoot the Wii controller at the flesh eaters to survive. With 10,000 zombies coming at you, I can only imagine how tired your arm will be after a few hours of gameplay. Keep reading to watch a video showcasing the gameplay (gory/graphic violence).

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Posted on September 3rd, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Sega has released their trailer for “MadWorld”, a noir comic book inspired video game for the Wii. This thing looks like a mean mix of Sin City, GTA and Streets of Rage. Although (and this could just be me) the action and characters seemed to get lost in the background making it very hard to tell what was going on. After hours of playing this, I think my eyes would explode.

 

Posted on August 26th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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