Video Games

Have you ever wondered what video games are or where they originated? Video games are a part of the largest and fastest growing industry in the world. This ten billion dollar market even rivals the film making industry. Playing video games is a very demanding task and requires an immense amount of patience and focus. Even simple games such as Tetris and Pac-man which are easy to pick up are difficult to master and provide some benefit to the player.

A video game is generally referred to as a game displayed on a device which provides a form of visual feedback. These devices are known as platforms; there are many different platforms that exist today such as personal computers, consoles, handheld devices, and arcade games. Console games are usually played on a television set or composite video monitor while handheld devices are usually portable and can be cell phones, calculators, MP3 players, cameras, and other electronic devices. Various controllers exist for each of these platforms, many of which have numerous buttons and joysticks. Video games use sound as well as physical feedback such as vibrations to send information to the player. Certain music or sound effects may alert the player to dangerous situations or events. Vibrations can show this as well and let the player know that they have made contact with an object or that they’ve received damage from an opponent.

In the year 1948, Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann were the first to conceive and patent the idea of a video game. Some of the first video games created were Tennis for Two developed by William Higinbotham in 1958 and Spacewar! in 1962. The Magnavox Odyssey, the first video game console, was released in 1972. The prototype for this model was developed by Ralph Baer.