The Evolution of Video Games

What started as a post-World War II device for breaking codes rapidly during the 1940’s, went on to become the favorite pastime for kids with overdeveloped minds and underdeveloped bodies during the 1970´s, 1980’s and 1990’s, and has now turned into a sophisticated business which some of the brightest minds in the computer world even call a career. We are, of course, talking about video games.

During the late 70´s and early 80’s, kids and teenagers had to go to video arcades with a stack of quarters in order to play their favorite games. The console changed that and allowed them to enjoy those games from the comfort of their own homes.

Some of the earlier video games were developed by Atari, with the very first iconic one being Pong, which became phenomenally popular in the 1970’s and is considered to be the first commercially successful game. Soon, many other games from different developers followed, with some even becoming brand names such as Space InvadersPac-ManDonkey KongPitfallPole PositionMario Bros.QbertDig-Dug and many others during the 1980’s. Out of this lot, the one game that was by far the most visually impressive one of its day and would set the tone for what would come later, was Dragon’s Lair.

By the time the 1990’s rolled along, video game characters had become mainstays in popular culture, even inspiring books and movies. Sonic the HedgehogStreet Fighter IIResident Evil and a slew of others became examples of this. By the mid 90’s, the PlayStation console came into its own with cutting-edge sound and graphic design, becoming a game-changer (no pun intended) In the industry and setting the standards for what was to follow. Also during that time, the Nintendo 64 was launched, bringing with it perhaps the first successful foray into 3D platforming: Super Mario 64.

Series of games have become hugely popular and sought after, with brand names like Call of DutyMaddenFIFAZeldaGrand Theft Auto and a bunch of others leading the way.

With the turn of the 21st Century, the video gaming industry has become one of the most successful ones in the world. Launchings of new games and consoles have become events covered by media outlets and the best players compete in tournaments for large amounts of money, even proceeding to fill out arenas with fans who come to watch the competition.

With an opportunity like this, especially with most of the video games being developed in the English language, becoming a “player” in the industry would surely require some skills and knowledge of the language. That’s the reason why KOE’s visually attractive method can be considered among the top options in the market for those interested in making a career in the gaming world and making some serious money with it. When it comes to your options in life, don’t play games and find the best option to learn how to speak English, which will lead you to becoming a better candidate in this industry.

Alfredo E. Clark.


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