History of Video Games

Way back in 1961, a talented team of programmers led by Steve “Slug” Russell developed the world’s first video game: Spacewar. A lot has changed since then, but the fundamentals of what makes a good video game are still the same now as they were back in the 1960s.

Of course, as it ran on a DEC PDP-1 computer, not many people got to play Spacewar. For most people, myself included, their first introduction to the world of video games was Space Invaders, which was introduced in 1978.

Space invaders was designed and developed by Toshihiro Nishikado, while he was working for the Japanese company Taito Corporation. Although Space Invaders was a simple game with simple graphics, it was a massive success. The reason for this was ‘game play’, which is probably the single most important aspect of any computer game. Without it, a game is unlikely to be successful. Even today (2012), the incredible video sophistication available to games developers is no substitute for good old-fashioned game play.

An interesting point to note about Space Invaders is that Nishikado had originally planned to use tanks or airplanes as the attacking force, but the computers of the time were too slow to let the tanks turn and move smoothly, so the familiar aliens were used instead. Nishikado could have used humans instead of aliens, but he felt that this would have been morally wrong.

The 1980s

During the 1980s, arcade games became very popular in establishments such as pubs, bars, hotels, and so on. These games were not, on the whole, free to play and I can remember spending more money playing the games than on beer! Companies such as Atari had been dominant in the games market since the late 1970s, and initially the 1980s were a boom period for companies involved in the industry. During the course of the decade though, the market became flooded, quite often with poor quality games, and by the end of the decade the industry had largely crashed.

There was, however, a new emergence on the scene – small hand held devices such as Nintendo’s GameBoy started to become popular, and would go on to play a major role in the games industry to this day.

The 1990s

During the 1990s the video games industry saw a gradual transition from two-dimensional (2D) graphics to more realistic and visually pleasing 3D graphics. The decade also saw the emergence of new genres of game such the first person shooter, real-time strategy, survival horror, and MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online).

Handheld gaming continued to gain popularity throughout the decade. Although arcade games were still fairly popular in the early 1990s, the use of home consoles gradually pushed them out of the market. And, of course, the 1990s saw the invention of the World Wide Web, which would revolutionise the gaming industry during the next decade.

The 2000s

In the home video market, the 2000s was a decade that was dominated by companies such as Sony, Nintendo, and – to a lesser extent – Microsoft. In the 1980s and 1990s, Sega had been Nintendo’s main rival, but the company left the console market in 2002 in favor of returning to the third-party company they once were. The gradual increase in computer processing power from the 1990s and through the 2000s enabled developers to create immersive and interactive gaming environments, creating a more realistic and enjoyable gaming environment.

Influence of the World Wide Web

In the early days of the web in the mid-1990s, the combination of a lack of computing power and slow transmission rates meant that online gaming did not exist. As computers became more powerful and transmission speeds increased during the 2000s, online gaming slowly became more popular. Technologies such as Flash enabled sophisticated games to be developed fairly easily. These games could then be integrated or embedded into web pages and run in a web browser.

As well as traditional games such as driving, adventure, action, puzzles or shooting games, the gambling industry has been a massive winner due to the Internet. Online gambling and gaming websites are extremely popular and provide an easy way for adults to participate in gambling activities. Strict laws in many countries ensure that the sites are properly regulated.

There are also plenty of sites providing free casino games that use virtual money so there is no financial risk at all in participating in the games, many of which enable you to play other people around the world.

Conclusion

Video games can offer a bit of light entertainment for a few minutes, or they can offer almost total immersion – and pretty much everything in between. The progression of video games since Steve Russell’s Spacewar has been dramatic. Who knows what the future holds?

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Tips To Build A Comprehensive Gaming Library

Have you tried out a video game in your past? If not, then you are welcomed to this new world! You can find games in every conceivable genre. To help you get started, this article will show you some pointers for picking and playing your first video games.

Educational video games do exist. Try to refrain from titles that have a lot of violence in them, for obvious reasons. Check out online reviews from other parents so you can discover appropriate games for your child. Purchase only these games.

When you find yourself stuck on a level or a boss, you might find the answer in cheat codes or secret tricks. More than likely there is someone out there who can help you through tricky parts of levels.

Use the rookie level to start out playing sports games until you get the knack of them. These games are pretty difficult, and trying on rookie can help you build skills. After you have mastered the control, buttons and functions of the game, then move on and challenge yourself.

Ask the game store employee for recommendations on games that you might like. Some people know a lot about specific games. Most gaming employees will have a good working knowledge of the current, and older games, that will be helpful to you.

Today’s video games are both entertaining and educational. Kids should be given educational games which provide math, science, English and other skills. Do some online research for game reviews from other parents. This is a way that you can find games not only appropriate for your children, but even fun and educational for them too!

Check out a game from the library to see if you like it. Most libraries have a good selection of popular games that can be borrowed for free. Call your library or check their website to find out which video games they have.

Make sure you have the right equipment for a game. Do not just think that a controller will be enough and then find out at home that you need something else. Read on the package wheat you need to play the game. You can then know what you need ahead of time.

When considering purchasing a brand new game, you should reserve the game in advance rather than waiting for it to be officially released. You can get some perks from pre-ordering a game. Pre-order bonuses can be real world items (soundtracks, posters) or in-game bonuses such as character costumes or extra levels.

Playing online can help you become a stronger player. When your opponents are so varied, it is important to build you character and skills. There are also a number of different games to play online. If you are able to dominate online, you will be at your best.

It can be a wise decision to give your graphic drivers an update. If you use a PC for gaming, you probably want the clearest picture possible, with the most details of the action. This is only possible with updated graphic drivers. You can update your graphic drivers through the device manager.

You can learn how to beat a game by watching walk-through videos, but make sure to copy them identically. Try to do everything in exactly the same manner, as sometimes even a small deviation can be what is holding you back. Use the zoom feature to review every little detail.

On most gaming sites, you have the option of earning rewards slowly or purchasing them. Make sure you choose the right option! Such purchases may only provide limited in-game benefits. Then again, they may save a bit of time.

A little helpful advice can dramatically improve your gaming experience and make the playing process more enjoyable for you. Use this as a guide to help you with your gaming. If you’re an experienced player, these tips can better your game more.

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Fallout 3: Game Review

What made it so different? Well, first off the game was developed by Bethesda Game Studios who had purchased the rights to make Fallout 3 in 2004 before they bought the rights to the entire franchise in 2006.

The Bethesda staff decided to use the same engine for the game as they used for Oblivion, the Gamebryo Engine so it shares the general structure of how the game play, though to say the game is just “Oblivion with guns” is an oversimplification.

But how does the game hold up?

Story

The story in Fallout 3 starts already when you are a baby and you grow up in Vault 101. While I do not intend to get into too many spoilers there is one little problem I have seen people complain about related to this: It doesn’t give you a vague background you can make for yourself.

Some people will now probably think “Why is that important?” and I will try to explain just that. One of the things Bethesda is known for is their open games, and Fallout 3 is no different here, but from my interactions with the more “Roleplay” heavy communities that have played the game(especially some fans of the Elder Scrolls games) feel that the set backstory for the character limits their roleplaying experience. Now, I am not going to be using this against the game, but it is something to take note of if you are a heavy roleplayer and are used to making your own backstories in the Elder Scrolls franchise.

As for the story itself it is set in a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. who never really got over the fifties before the Great War came, and it is in this Wasteland you have to track down your father and find out what he is up to after all these years.

I have always felt that the story in Fallout 3 was a tad too short, but I still found it to be pretty good. It is nothing under the sun, but it is a good story that offers both good and bad choices in how you play through it, though they are fairly similar.

Now, the last thing I want to mention about the story is that unless you have the Broken Steel DLC installed you will not be able to continue playing after completing the last mission in the game.

Gameplay

Combat

The combat is a major part of the gameplay and it can be roughly divided into melee and ranged combat with a few styles under each of those.

In ranged combat you have the option of using Big Guns, Small Guns, Energy Weapons and Explosives. Big Guns include weapons such as Miniguns, Missile Launchers and Gatling Lasers, Small Guns is every non-Big Gun conventional firearm like rifles, and Energy Weapons are energy based weapons like the Laser and Plasma Rifle. Explosives is pretty much self-explanatory, dealing with anything explosive not covered by the Big Guns skill.

The melee combat is divided into Melee Weapons and Unarmed, and they each have their own little weaponry. Unarmed is very limited, having a few different types of Knuckles and the Power Fist, which is basically a robotic glove made to increase the impact of your strikes, but also have the advantage of not needing a weapon to be used. All other weapons like knives, baseball bats and Super Sledges are covered by the Melee Weapons skill.

The effectiveness of a certain type of weapon comes down to the skill level and perks related to it as well as the condition it is in, so make sure to keep your weapons repaired on long journeys.

Another part of the combat is VATS, or Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System, which allows you to stop time and have your character pre-determine what parts of the enemy you want to attack. Using VATS can, and most likely will, save your life several times in the game, but to use it you have to spend Action Points so be careful you don’t run out right before you actually need that extra precision.

Stealth

Stealth in Fallout 3 is useful both in and outside of combat, allowing you to get Sneak Attack bonuses to damage and steal items to either more quickly advance a quest or just for profit. The primary stat stealth is based on is the Sneak skill, though there are other factors that will play a part, such as the enemies Perception attribute, the light, distance and how heavy your equipment is.

Another skill that can be considered a part of the stealth play style is the Lockpicking skill which allows you to open locked doors and containers. Something people who have played Oblivion or Skyrim maybe be unfamiliar with though is that you must meet the required skill level for the lock to even attempt to open it. Someone with 50 in the Lockpicking Skill cannot try to open a Master lock for example.

Speech and Other Skills

In addition to the combat and stealth skills there are also a few others that are important for your character and these are Repair, Medicine, Science, Speech and Barter.

These skills are very straight forward: Repair allowing you to repair you equipment more efficiently, Medicine making Stimpacks heal you more and the Science skill allowing you to hack computers and, with the right perks, deactivate robots. Barter and Speech allows you to get better prices when you buy and sell, and increases your chances at successfully persuade NPCs respectively.

Something worth noting is that if you have a high skill level there may be speech options based on those skills, for example someone with a lot of knowledge about Small Guns can help a small group to use small firearms more effectively than they could before.

Crafting

To craft something in Fallout 3 you will need a workbench and you will have to find, buy or in some other way unlock the schematics for the item you want to craft. There are three levels of each item which will require you to find three sets of schematics.

Quests

If there is one major gripe I have this game it is in the quests. Don’t get me wrong, the quests themselves are very good and most of them allow you to take one of several paths. However, there are rather few quests in the game.

It is as simple as that. There are too few quests in the game. With the DLCs and over a hundred hours of gameplay I had finished around sixty quests and I had problems finding more.

Of course, this is somewhat offset by the fact that there are collectables like the Vault-Tec Bobbleheads that will increase your skills and SPECIAL stats as well as a number of unique items spread across the world, but it is still a major drawback for the game.

NPCs

In Fallout 3 you will meet three types of NPCs; the one with dialogue connected to a quest, the ones with dialogue not connected to a quest and the ones who won’t speak with you at all.

The ones that will not talk to you at all tend to be generically named, like “Megaton Settler”, and will give you a short line if you try to interact with them.

The NPCs you can interact with tend to have a personality, especially the ones on quests, and there are many very memorable ones like Three Dog, Fawkes and Moira Brown. Quite a few of the characters seem to have a twisted sense of humor as well, though fans of the original games may not feel it is the same.

The Lone Wanderer

In the game you are commonly known as the Lone Wanderer from Vault 101, but exactly how is he made?

There are three primary things to the character in Fallout 3 and that is 1: the SPECIAL stats, 2: The Skills and 3: the Perks. Seeing as the skills have been covered earlier I will only go into the SPECIAL stats and the perks. And then there is Karma.

SPECIAL

SPECIAL stands for Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck. These stats range from the values 1 to 10 and the baseline value is set at 5.

At the start of the game after having created your characters appearance you are asked to customize these stats to your liking and are given fire SPECIAL points to distribute among them. In addition to these five points you can also decrease one of your attributes for more points down to the value of one.

This system allows for a wide range of starting values and allow for prioritizing based on what kind of character you want. If you want a character that is only going to go through the game guns blazing and never thinking twice about persuasion or diplomacy it can be favorable to decrease the Charisma stat to 1 and have 4 extra points to pun in more relevant stats.

Perks

Every time you level up in Fallout 3 you have to choose a perk and what perks are available depends on whether or not you meet the requirements of level, skill level and SPECIAL level. The higher level you are the more powerful perks you unlock, but these will also have higher skill and SPECIAL requirement, often having high requirements in more than one skill and stat.

The perks themselves have a wide range of uses, from giving skill increases and unlocking certain abilities in a skill, like not making noise when you are sneaking, to increasing SPECIAL stats, skills, Hit Points(health) and Action Points to becoming a friend to the animals so they won’t attack you as you travel the Wasteland.

Karma

Karma is a reaction you will get from most actions you take in the game and they reflect your moral standing in the game. Some dialogue and followers may or may not be available if your karma isn’t in the right classification.

Graphics and Animation

As with most Bethesda games the graphics are above average, and very good when you take into consideration that an entire open-world area is in the game with consistently good graphics.

The animations on the other hand are rather stiff and don’t look very good. It is not so bad that you will tear your hair out, but you may raise an eyebrow or two in the time you will spend in this game(and trust me, that can easily become fifty plus hours if you like open world games).

The World

The game is set in the Capital Wasteland, which is the remnants of Washington D.C. and because of this you are going to see some famous buildings such as the Washington Monument, though if you are a hardcore American Patriot it might just bring a tear to your eye to see the state these buildings was left after the Great War and a couple of centuries of mutant infestation.

Lore

The Lore of the world of Fallout is pretty interesting and it deals with an alternative reality to our own. Here America never really got over the fifties when it came to style, though the technology advanced.

200 years earlier the Great War, that lasted about two hours, ravaged the world and nuclear fire rained from the skies. After this the human race have tried to rebuild, and even though they have made big leaps on the West Coast you are now on the East Coast who still haven’t been able to develop the same infrastructure.

You’ll get the opportunity to learn about everything from pre-war corporations, the remnants of the US government, mutants and more as you go through the world, reading secret data files and doing quests.

Bugs and Issues

When the game first came out it had a decent amount of bugs and major glitches. However, with the latest patch the game should run smoothly and all game breaking bugs I have heard of is supposed to be fixed.

Conclusion

Fallout 3 is a very good game that gives you an open post-apocalyptic world to explore that will give you hours upon hours of fun. I would rate this game higher if it were for the lacking magnitude of quests to complete.

Final Verdict: 8.5/10

When Fallout 3 hit the market back in 2008 the reception was rather divided. On the one hand you had players who had never played the earlier Fallout games who loved it, and on the other side you had the fans of the original games who felt it was a step away from what had made the Fallout series great. Of course, this is a very rough simplification, but it nicely sums up the general attitude towards the game.

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Make Extra Income Playing Online Games

The progression of making real money from online gaming has developed into a full blown market of official businesses. In the past, doing something productive and getting ahead financially were mutually exclusive of video gaming but nowadays, a Google search online for buying gold or items in a certain game will result in a number of reputable sites through which trading and payment mediums can be done safely and cost effectively. This goes to show the increasing demand of gamers out there who have a surplus of real money but who are either too lazy & impatient or unskilled in the game such that they need to exchange real money for virtual cash & items. I know that especially in the Asian gaming communities, rich parents will make their kids study hard… followed by letting them play hard! A $50 sword from a video game is the same to the parents as a $50 item from a toy store as long as it makes their kids happy. And to the young slayer of demons and dragons, that virtual sword means a lot more than a GI Joe (or similar traditional toy that you’d have to play with using your own imagination.) For the rest of the business savvy individuals who love to game and are good at it, this opens up a new window of opportunity in that successes in the virtual world can be transferred into the real world.

How does one go about becoming a profitable gamer? Here are a few initial steps; while some may seem fairly basic, many overlook the bare necessities required to maximize their abilities in the gaming world.

1. Get a decent computer & internet connection – An extra 2 minutes in loading times a day translates to over 12 hours in a year. An extra second delay of lag in a game could mean a world of difference in a heated battle. You want your game to run very smoothly and obviously to enjoy the game to its fullest, you’ll want better graphics. If you really can’t afford to upgrade to a better system, I would sacrifice the quality of your graphics so that the gameplay can better flow as this will ultimately get you better results.

2. Choose a game you love to play – In order to actually make it to a point in the game where you aren’t a ‘noob’ you’re looking at investing at least 100 hours of gameplay. By this point, you’d better not be sick of the game but rather more immersed from exploration into the higher levels of the game. My three favourite online games which are undisputedly three of the current top mmorpg’s are WoW, Diablo 3, and Guild Wars, all of which offer intensely detailed graphics, fully interactive environments and comprehensive game play.

3. Setup your workspace – Gaming is now called an “E-sport” in many parts of the world. While its obviously not as physically demanding as a regular sport, injuries are quite common from overplaying or from playing in subpar surroundings. Net cafes in Asia are prime examples of nasty environments that are detrimental to individuals who are exposed too long. There have been several incidents where individuals (probably very unhealthy to begin with) have died from playing a game hours on end with poor ventilation (they are allowed to smoke inside Asian net cafes), lack of nutrition, rest and physical activity. While the previous example was an extreme, other minor injuries, which can still be quite serious, are often a result of a lack of knowledge regarding sitting in front of a computer for too long (ie. Carpal tunnel, vertebrae issues, etc.) I could write an extensive list of issues and resolutions here but we would be going off on a tangent so for a basic crash course on ensuring that you are gaming healthily check out: http://www.wikihow.com/Sit-at-a-Computer and other related sites. Like anything else you do, remember that safety comes first!

4. Coaching and support; Get good at the game – The best part of online games nowadays is the interaction; the ability to play with your friends, form clubs (aka. Guilds/clans/possy’s). Where it was once fairly fun to go off on quests by yourself, a whole new dimension of gameplay, amusement and social interaction now awaits as you and your newfound crew can venture off together. In addition to the fun factor, the ability to be able to share information and to help each other out is an added benefit and is crucial to expanding your knowledge of the mechanics of the game. Online guides and advice are also good and there’s plenty of bits of free resources out there for most games. However, to really optimize your abilities, you might look at shelling out a few extra bucks for some ‘professional’ advice. For most of us who don’t have friends that are game guru’s that can be your personal coach, having a well organized, step by step guide on how to maximize your results can be a very wise investment. Time is money and knowing how to properly execute a certain objective can save you countless hours as well as magnify your bounty. Daneil Chan is an excellent example of a Diablo 3 game guru. His strategy guide provides excellent coverage of advanced methods in the game along with a very detailed but well explained process towards maximizing the gold earned per hour. The more popular games out there will also have their share of guru’s who are trying to make some money but as long as their advice and strategies work and are of value, it’s definitely worth a few bucks out of your pocket so that your better prepared to make the higher returns later on.

5. Selling – One of the most important skills to have in life is to be able to sell – whether it’s a product (real or virtual), an idea, or yourself. In the virtual gaming world, no one really cares about your personality. It all comes down the deal, the bottom line, the cost. Make sure you know the market value of whatever you are trying to sell. This involves doing a bit of research as market conditions based on supply and demand are always changing. Once you have a good idea of what you can get for the item, you need to find your buyers. In game auction houses/marketplaces are obviously the first few places to look on selling items/gold but there are also plenty of reputable sites acting as exchange mediums through which you can list your items. When looking into these different options, don’t just look at what prices items/gold are going for but also the commission costs of the exchange (the costs that the market-maker will take for hooking up the trade). You need to figure out what you get in the end, after commissions (and in some cases tax).

The points above outline the basics of what you need to do to start a career as a gamer. While I cannot personally condone doing this for a living (if we were all gamers, the real world would collapse), I can definitely agree that games are addictively fun but everything needs to be done in moderation. A half day of gaming should have numerous breaks in between and should be preceded or followed by some physical activity to ensure that your physical form does not deteriorate. Remember that your mental and physical state are connected and if your body is going to get lazy, unfit and unhealthy then your focus, reflexes and overall mental health will suffer too. You want to be in peak form day after day for the best results in not just games but in your overall life. Kids may not really care about their financial status but for the adolescent and older, having some extra cash is undoubtedly a desirable benefit; and to be able to make an extra stream of income through doing something fun is a no brainer. Like all other markets, there is competition. For what limited time you will have allotted to games, you’ll want to ensure that it’s time well spent. Get your setup right, effectively train, and do your due diligence.

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The Truth About Vintage Board Games

Back in the day, one of the most enjoyable past-times was playing board games. Vintage board games used to be as big to families as color television when it was first introduced. They brought friends and families together, and most of all, they taught everyone lessons. Nowadays though, with the advent of the personal computer and hand-held consoles, board games have become a lot less popular. However, there are still people who collect these types of games. So one may ask this question: Why collect old game boards when there are other, more diverse games for the computer/consoles? There are indeed many reasons why these types of games are still worth the investment.

Board games, unlike computer or console games, build people’s character. People can learn many things from playing it. Also, people don’t just learn skills from them, but also values. Here are some of the most important things one can learn from the game:

• It teaches people social skills. Unlike with computer and console games, people are encouraged to interact with others when playing games in board. People develop interpersonal and interaction skills, which are very helpful in the real world. Moreover, vintage board games help family and friends bond, making the social unit more cohesive and stronger.

• It will develop and enhance a person’s logic. Unlike many digital games today, these games help make your brain smarter. Old game boards put you in situations that help you develop your critical thinking. Examples of such games are Monopoly and Clue. Tidbits from these games can help a lot as they are easily applicable to real-world situations.

• It teaches people discipline. Unlike digital games, board games are actual, physical sets of items. This means they have to be taken care of as they can get damaged. Since board games need to be stored and used with care, people who play with them learn to be disciplined when it comes to keeping things.

As you can see, one can learn so much more from board games than if one just played on a computer or console. Yes, there are many PC-based board games available today but nothing beats the real thing. With computer games, there are so many things going on, like graphics and story line and game play, the true essence of playing a game is lost and that is to learn something practical. Sad thing is, vintage board games are becoming rare nowadays. While there are still a lot to choose from in the market, but as toy collectors, it’s the vintage ones that are preferable, and not the new versions or releases of the same games.

These games are indeed worth the investment. Now, not many people know this, but these games can actually earn you some money. Vintage board games that are decades old are the most valuable types of game boards. If you have one of these, you can make a decent profit by selling them to collectors. The older and more mint they are, the higher they will sell.

If you want to learn more about making money from it and other toy collections, all you need to do is find a good resource for this hobby. It may not be as big as they were a decade or two ago, but they are definitely here to stay. They are definitely worth every penny!

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