Spirit’s Seasons, A Series – Football, Episode IX

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Spirit’s Seasons, A Series – Football, Episode I

 THE  PANTHER  VS   COYOTES

THE FIRST GAME of postseason play pitted the Panthers against the Coyotes. The Bobcats had the advantage of playing the winner of that contest. Billy’s team was the first to start at the 20 yard-line. In the first snap, Buddy found Blue in the end zone and just like that the score was 6-0. For the point-after-attempt Browder faked a pass and handed the ball to Red Boyd. The defense was not fooled by the fake. The Coyotes had large, strong, savvy, defensive linemen, and they met Red at the line of scrimmage and brought him down

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How to Pick Out the Best Video Game System

When you think about how technology has advanced over the last decade, and you consider the advancement in the video games systems we can now enjoy, you’ll know why so many people are saying that the skies the limit as far as what’s possible next. These systems are improving so fast that is almost impossible to predict what the next big thing will do. So, how can you choose which of these systems would be best for you?Almost every school kid loves video games. All those kids at heart who have inadvertently grown up into adults can’t stop loving them either. These days, when certain famous computer games have released the excitement and anticipation is way more than when you were young and waking up to Christmas morning. Their fan base is often larger than even the most successful rock bands.

The computer games industry has the gown like crazy until some would say it even grew larger than itself when people’s need for activity within leisure time spawned a whole new generation of games, and indoor activity-based video games were invented. Today, you are as likely to see a computer games player throwing a racket around or swinging her leg up above her head at the instruction of the computer game as you are to see a young lad deeply focusing on the next move in the next level of some major action adventure game.The games played on the latest systems keep developing and advancing and the peripherals they require are being improved and developed with equal gusto. As they improve, so the demands that are placed upon the consoles increase.Video consoles are the units of technological hardware that are used to play the games. Video games systems are perhaps better known and more popularly referred to as game consoles. They are designed to host the wide variety of computer games that their manufacturers create and introduce to the marketplace.

Beforehand, developers of video consoles produced and sold their own video game systems. These computer games had different specifications and brought individualized unique abilities to the computer gaming experience. At the time it seemed like every console maker had they are own unique and distinct style.

While there has been exclusivity in the past, nowadays the console manufacturers are looking more and more to create cross-platform computer games. Because there is such a massive demand for top quality games, the new programmers are increasingly looking to come together. They are searching for that ideal combination – the holy grail of video gaming. Already there are games that are fully cross-platform. They can play on all the main consoles on the market.

Because there is now such a wide range to choose from, people who are thinking of taking their first tentative steps into the video games systems market will find that there are many factors to consider.

What are video games systems best? Which one suits me best? Which should I buy? These questions can seem really hard to answer, especially if you don’t have much information to hand about what each of the video game systems can do. So, talking to other people and doing a great deal of your own personal research is highly advisable.

There are a few things to consider when selecting which is your favorite video consoles. By their very nature, the systems have individualized appeal. What is great for you may be lame for another. What they consider the top of the tree may well have no appeal to you when making your choice of video games systems, obviously you want to ask yourself some very personal questions. What do you want to use it for? What is your budget? What would you be satisfied with? What would you want the video consoles to offer?While the specification for game consoles may be all-important, there are often many other factors to take into account when choosing consoles. To assist you in making that choice, here are a few ideas to help you find and select the very best video games systems for you:

– Have a good idea of what you want and why you want it before looking to make a purchase. Exactly what is most likely to keep you up gaming all night is something only you can answer. The games console that you choose needs to be something you know you want.

– While it is useful to take a look at your friends’ games systems, please don’t buy yours just because all your friends have the same game consoles. They’ll have their desires. Choose your console because it feels like a fit for you.

– Take it seriously, but don’t get signed. Choosing your next games console is just like choosing a car. Brand new video systems are totally reliable, and they have full warranties too, so you can trust they are dependable. If you’re buying second hand, however, you do need to give it a good check over. Maybe even get an experienced technician to come with you to check it for you. There is nothing more disappointing when you get it home than finding out your console doesn’t do what you had hoped it would do. Check it offers up the best output in terms of audio and video resolution. Be sure the gamepad works well. Gamepads must also feel comfortable to handle. Indeed, give the whole unit a thorough going over before parting with your money Do a search for video games systems on the internet. There are plenty of reliable e-commerce sites that post their products online. Visit eBay or Amazon for their prices, but then go to a specialist and benefit from their better levels of personal attention and care- Stick with the international market leading console manufacturers. You can rely on their high levels of quality and from there it is easier to scale up when you get more money. Compatibility is another major factor to consider the game consoles industry.- think about what other things you would like from your video games systems. Many games systems have excellent add-on peripherals. This might be the deciding factor for you. If so, that’s fine. Remember, this is your choice throughout. It has to be a perfect fit for you and you alone. Ask yourself, “Are my hopes, dreams, and expectations more fully met with this console or that one?” The individual characteristics that your video games systems boast are crucial.- Finally, when you have made your decision, don’t hold back. Action speaks louder words. Go get it and start having fun as soon as you possibly can.

Happy gaming!

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Video Games – The Perfect Escape?

 

Video Games – The Perfect Escape?

Why oh why did you say yes to that last shandy? The kebab seemed like a good idea but your mouth now resembles the inner lining of Phil Jupiter’s underpants. And to top it all off, you’re stuck in a lava-filled dungeon and some b*****d has kidnapped your princess. Where did your life go so horribly wrong?

I’ve got news for you, it’s much, much worse. It’s not that you’re hungover playing Super Mario Brothers, it’s that you spend your life “working” at a computer located in a sterile office surrounded by drones. Your only escape? A Friday night binge drinking session down in Clapham, tonsil tennis with a rather suspect femme fatale and bouncing around 8-bit levels crushing the skulls of Goombas with your immense chubby Italian plumber girth the next morning (she didn’t come home with you).

Computer games started out as something completely innocent. I remember my cousins having a version of Pong that despite being an absolute nightmare to plug into the telly, was good fun for ten minutes. Bouncing the ball around with the paddles was hardly Wimbledon. What was, was the 8-bit version of the AELTC’s prestige tournament which was one of the first games I played in the Master System. Still, to this day the game mesmerizes me, with added career mode, I can’t help but feel I’m there on Centre Court. Especially as I couldn’t play tennis for toffee.
These days, games such as the Grand Theft Auto and Halo franchises take escapism to whole new levels, allowing you to explore entire cities and indulge your wildest fantasies whilst piping hordes of bad guys. There’s a magazine on my desk right now emblazoned with the word “hero”, if only. And whilst escapism is almost at its absolute peak (barring virtual reality), it started way back in the 80s and had as much of an impact then as it does now.

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History of Video Games – The First Video Game Ever Made?

PPAs an avid retro-gamer, for quite a long time I’ve been particularly interested in the history of video games. To be more specific, a subject that I am very passionate about is “Which was the first video game ever made?”… So, I started an exhaustive investigation on this subject (and making this article the first one in a series of articles that will cover in detail all video gaming history).

  • The question was: Which was the first video game ever made?

The answer: Well, as a lot of things in life, there is no easy answer to that question. It depends on your own definition of the term “video game”. For example: When you talk about “the first video game”, do you mean the first video game that was commercially-made, or the first console game, or maybe the first digitally programmed game? Because of this, I made a list of 4-5 video games that in one way or another were the beginners of the video gaming industry. You will notice that the first video games were not created with the idea of getting any profit from them (back in those decades there was no Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Atari, or any other video game company around). In fact, the sole idea of a “video game” or an electronic device which was only made for “playing games and having fun” was above the imagination of over 99% of the population back in those days. But thanks to this small group of geniuses who walked the first steps into the video gaming revolution, we are able to enjoy many hours of fun and entertainment today (keeping aside the creation of millions of jobs during the past 4 or 5 decades). Without further ado, here I present the “first video game nominees

  • 1940s: Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device

This is considered (with official documentation) as the first electronic game device ever made. It was created by Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann. The game was assembled in the 1940s and submitted for an US Patent in January 1947. The patent was granted December 1948, which also makes it the first electronic game device to ever receive a patent (US Patent 2,455,992). As described in the patent, it was an analog circuit device with an array of knobs used to move a dot that appeared in the cathode ray tube display. This game was inspired by how missiles appeared in WWII radars, and the object of the game was simply controlling a “missile” in order to hit a target. In the 1940s it was extremely difficult (for not saying impossible) to show graphics in a Cathode Ray Tube display. Because of this, only the actual “missile” appeared on the display. The target and any other graphics were showed on screen overlays manually placed on the display screen. It’s been said by many that Atari’s famous video game “Missile Command” was created after this gaming device.

  • 1951: NIMROD

NIMROD was the name of a digital computer device from the 50s decade. The creators of this computer were the engineers of an UK-based company under the name Ferranti, with the idea of displaying the device at the 1951 Festival of Britain (and later it was also showed in Berlin).

NIM is a two-player numerical game of strategy, which is believed to come originally from the ancient China. The rules of NIM are easy: There are a certain number of groups (or “heaps”), and each group contains a certain number of objects (a common starting array of NIM is 3 heaps containing 3, 4, and 5 objects respectively). Each player take turns removing objects from the heaps, but all removed objects must be from a single heap and at least one object is removed. The player to take the last object from the last heap loses, however there is a variation of the game where the player to take the last object of the last heap wins.

NIMROD used a lights panel as a display and was planned and made with the unique purpose of playing the game of NIM, which makes it the first digital computer device to be specifically created for playing a game (however the main idea was showing and illustrating how a digital computer works, rather than to entertain and have fun with it). Because it doesn’t have “raster video equipment” as a display (a TV set, monitor, etc.) it is not considered by many people as a real “video game” (an electronic game, yes… a video game, no…). But once again, it really depends on your point of view when you talk about a “video game”.

  • 1952: OXO (“Noughts and Crosses”)

This was a digital version of “Tic-Tac-Toe”, created for an EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator) computer. It was designed by Alexander S. Douglas from the University of Cambridge, and one more time it was not made for entertainment, it was part of his PhD Thesis on “Interactions between human and computer”.

The rules of the game are those of a regular Tic-Tac-Toe game, player against the computer (no 2-player option was available). The input method was a rotary dial (like the ones in old telephones). The output was showed in a 35×16-pixel cathode-ray tube display. This game was never very popular because the EDSAC computer was only available at the University of Cambridge, so there was no way to install it and play it anywhere else (until many years later when an EDSAC emulator was created available, and by that time many other excellent video games where available as well…).

  • 1958: Tennis for Two

“Tennis for Two” was created by William Higinbotham, a physicist working at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. This game was made as a way of entertainment, so laboratory visitors had something funny to do during their wait on “visitors day” (finally!… a video game that was created “just for fun”…) . The game was pretty well designed for its era: the ball behavior was modified by several factors like gravity, wind velocity, position and angle of contact, etc.; you had to avoid the net as in real tennis, and many other things. The video game hardware included two “joysticks” (two controllers with a rotational knob and a push button each) connected to an analog console, and an oscilloscope as a display.

“Tennis for Two” is considered by many the first video game ever created. But once again, many others differ from that idea stating that “it was a computer game, not a video game” or “the output display was an oscilloscope, not a “raster” video display… so it does not qualify as a video game”. But well… you can’t please everyone…

It is also rumored that “Tennis for Two” was the inspiration for Atari’s mega hit “Pong”, but this rumor has always been strongly denied… for obvious reasons.

1961: Spacewar!

  • “Spacewar!” video game was created by Stephen Russell, with the help of J. Martin Graetz, Peter Samson, Alan Kotok, Wayne Witanen and Dan Edwards from MIT. By the 1960s, MIT was “the right choice” if you wanted to do computer research and development. So this half a dozen of innovative guys took advantage of a brand-new computer was ordered and expected to arrive campus very soon (a DEC PDP-1) and started thinking about what kind of hardware testing programs would be made. When they found out that a “Precision CRT Display” would be installed to the system, they instantly decided that “some sort of visual/interactive game” would be the demonstration software of choice for the PDP-1. And after some discussion, it was soon decided to be a space battle game or something similar. After this decision, all other ideas came out pretty quick: like rules of the game, designing concepts, programming ideas, and so forth.

So after about 200 man/hours of work, the first version of the game was at last ready to be tested. The game consisted of two spaceships (affectively named by players “pencil” and “wedge”) shooting missiles at each other with a star in the middle of the display (which “pulls” both spaceships because of its gravitational force). A set of control switches was used to control each spaceship (for rotation, speed, missiles, and “hyperspace”). Each spaceship have a limited amount of fuel and weapons, and the hyperspace option was like a “panic button”, in case there is no other way out (it could either “save you or break you”).

The computer game was an instant success between MIT students and programmers, and soon they started making their own changes to the game program (like real star charts for qbackground, star/no star option, background disable option, angular momentum option, among others). The game code was ported to many other computer platforms (since the game required a video display, a hard to find option in 1960s systems, it was mostly ported to newer/cheaper DEC systems like the PDP-10 and PDP-11).

Spacewar! is not only considered by many as the first “real” video game (since this game does have a video display), but it also have been proved to be the true predecessor of the original arcade game, as well as being the inspiration of many other video games, consoles, and even video gaming companies (can you say “Atari”?…). But that’s another story, arcade games as well as console video games were written in a different page of the history of video games (so stay tuned for future articles on these subjects).

So here they are, the “First Video Game” nominees. Which one do you think is the first video game ever made?… If you ask me, I think all these games were revolutionary for its era, and should be credited as a whole as the beginners of the video gaming revolution. Instead of looking for which one was the first video game, what is really important is that they were created, period. As the creator of “Spacewar!”, Stephen Rusell, once said: “If I hadn’t done it, someone would have done something equally exciting or even better in the next six months. I just happened to get there first”.

Ian Blake is a freelance writer/blogger from Planet Earth, Solar System. You may read similar articles at his History of Video Games Blog at –> http://www.retro-videogames.com

 

Classic Gaming Video Games

Video games will never ever fade. It is something that keeps people sane and happy though there are some downsides due to addiction to it. Almost every day, game designers produce new and astounding gaming that capture the interest of the people especially the kids and the teenagers. New models of video consoles are being produced and innovated. The famous ones are from the Sony PlayStation line, Xbox line, and the Nintendo family. Whether it is a handheld gaming console or a Wii, video games capture the child in each one of its players. However, classic arcade or games should not be taken out of the picture. As a matter of fact, these classic or old video games are the foundation of the gaming industry today. Besides, playing some classic will do some good to one’s body too.

Remember the 16-color graphics and the 8-bit sound of gaming? This was how were viewed way back when a dollar seemed to be a lot of money. If you were able to catch these classic video games, you may be missing them now for sure. But you don’t have to be sad for the fast innovations because these classic video games that you were playing when you were still young are still alive. Yes and you can actually play them online! Some of the top vintage games that can still be played online (as a matter of fact, some game consoles launch classic/ vintage too and you can buy them on game disks) are as follows:

1. The Donkey Kong

The very first Donkey Kong arcade game is considered to be the place of legends. Some group of guys actually competes against each other for a Donkey Kong world record high score. The guy who actually played the “Jumpan” in the 1981 Nintendo release (the tiny character that dodges the Kong’s barrels) is actually the now infamous man called Mario.

2. Super Mario Bros.

Who would ever forget this famous Nintendo game that almost every kid on the block has played with? The game never died and will never die at all. A lot of updates and innovations based on the original game are made and this legendary vintage game is still in the loop.

3. Pac-Man

Pac-Man is another great vintage game that will never fade away. It is a game that appeals to both sexes and is a very enjoyable arcade game that brings the entire thrill out in every player. Some news is going on the web saying that a Japanese game manufacturer is about to roll out a Pac-Man game for the iPad.

These are just a few gaming video games of the old school era. Some other famous ones are the Pong, Duck Hunt, Centipede, Missile Command, and the Asteroid.

Choosing your own gaming video games depends on your own preference. Some want to kick it old school, some are avid fans of newly released games while some prefer both. A real gamer usually prefers to play any type of game as long as it’s fun and interactive.

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The Evolution of Video Games Systems

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Video game systems have changed a lot since they were first introduced to the public. Early systems were quite simple with games meant to amuse and occupy a busy child’s mind. Today’s video game systems are designed for everyone of every age and do more than entertain. They teach, engage and keep a person busy for hours. The changes in game systems have taken them from a simple toy to a tool that can be found in almost every American home.

The Introduction of Video Games

One of the first game systems to come on the market was the Atari. This system was simple. It featured a joystick type controller and the games had minimal graphics and sound. There were also a fairly limited number of games for the system. It was designed mainly for children and teens and adults did not usually play with the Atari.

Later Nintendo and PlayStation got into the video game market, introducing their first platforms. Nintendo quickly became a household name with its game system that improved upon the Atari with better graphics, more chooses in games and addition gaming gear to make the games more exciting and appealing to teens and adults. PlayStation did the same. This was the first step towards the video game systems we have today.

Evolution Over the Years

Video games systems have evolved tremendously since that first Atari system. Today there are extreme games on the market. Game systems have cordless controllers, gun style controllers, sports type controllers and other special controllers that allow people to play all types of video games. Video games today include racing, sports, fitness, role playing and typical arcade style games.

Besides the game systems being more advanced and using advanced technology, the games have changed. They now feature graphics that almost look real. They have amazing sound and they provide a real life type experience. It is almost as if you are directing real people when you play one of today’s modern video games. This is just one of the major changes that has really taken video games to a new level. Another major change was the introduction of the Wii by Nintendo.

With the introduction of the Nintendo Wii, video gaming changed forever. This game system is an extremely advanced video game that engages the player. No longer does playing a video game mean sitting on your bum in front of the television. With the Wii system you are up and moving. Many adults use the Wii Fit system to exercise.

Video games systems have really taken off and you can find some type of video game system in almost every home in America. There are tournaments where people play video gamers for money. Adults, teens and children all play video games today. Systems are used for many reasons, from playing for entertainment to playing for fitness to playing for money. When that first video game system was invented, nobody could predict just how much of an impact these systems would have on society.

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