- Posted August 24, 2014 by
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A History Of Gaming
Gaming has come a long way over the years. It seems more than a distant memory when the SNES was at the height of technology, and the Nokia 6610 was the pinnacle of mobile gaming, yet looking back they did an incredible amount for the industry and kicked off an era that is now high definition, high quality, and more often than not completely revolutionary.
Video gaming dates back to as early as the 1940’s when academics began to design simple systems for users to play. By the 60’s there were games such as Spacewar!, which was widely regarded as the first computer game, and sparked a boom in arcade video gaming.
Since then there are plenty of parallels that can be drawn from arcade gaming and today’s industry, partly down to the huge market of mobile gaming. The likes of Angry Birds can draw large comparisons to video games of the 70’s with its simple design and addictive nature. But of course, Rovio’s million dollar success has more than arcades to be thankful for.
The beginnings of mobile gaming helped spark a revolution that turned the device not only into a medium for making phone calls and sending text messages, but one that also allows you to take a break and enjoy yourself.
Perhaps the pioneer for this was Nokia and their hit, Snake. Since its release in 1997, the game has featured on more than 350 million devices worldwide and encouraged many other handsets to include games as standard.
As the industry continued to develop, with the likes of WAP allowing content to be downloading, the mobile began to battle with consoles in terms of popularity.
Throughout the 1990’s there was a boom in console gaming with the PlayStation, Nintendo, and Sega all proving popular, whilst since the turn of the millennium we have well and truly entered a ‘golden era’ of gaming.
And the internet has played a huge part in this. Today, over two billion people have access to the internet across the planet, with users able to download the latest games as well as play with gamers from the other side of the world.
Despite this not being entirely new, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network took this to a new level on their consoles, allowing users to play against each other online. Now the networks have over 150 million users between them and with next generation consoles already released, that number is set to rise even further.
However, more than competing is mobile gaming. For the last few years, the two industries have been going head to head, with the advent of the smartphone and tablet making them serious contenders for the ultimate gaming platform.
One in five people own a smartphone and the Apple App Store alone contains over 150,000 games, many of which are high definition, high powered, and more than match the Xbox One and PS4.
The internet has played a huge part in this. Today, over two billion people have access to the internet across the planet, with users able to download the latest games as well as play with gamers from the other side of the world You have the ability to play brain teasers, racing games, shoot em’ ups and blackjack online, making it much more versatile than a console.
And there’s a whole lot more on the horizon. In December 2013, Pop Secret’s Poptopia game launched the first scented app, giving us a good look into what the future holds for mobile gaming. Using a dongle, the game emitted popcorn smells throughout play and is just one of a host of revolutionary ideas set for the not-so-distant future.
Like has been mentioned, the industry is well and truly in its ‘golden era’, and it doesn’t look as though it’ll be slowing down any time soon.