Thursday, 22 October 2009

2000's The Future

The Present and the Future of gaming, wow like gaming from our era!!!

Next Gen consoles such as Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii are perhaps the best consoles available to date. They have produced some of the most popular games around at this time, to emphasise this point take a popular game on the Xbox 360, namely.... Halo 3, it sold over millions of copy's and made millions of pounds and dollars from England and America respectively.

So.... it would be easy for me to talk about a multitude of games and (or) games companies that have succeeded in the gaming industry, but you already know all this so i won't bore you with such intolerable mumbling.
I will do my best to answer the questions presented on week 3's task. What do I want from gaming in the future? Well gaming in my opinion has already reached a pinnacle, i would perhaps like to see the AI in gaming improve to make games more challenging or even more realistic, there's nothing more frustrating than terrible AI in teams command sort of games like Operation Flashpoint for instance. I do implore the efforts made in certain games such as Call of Duty 4, and Flashpoint they are highly realistic for their own reasons.

I would imagine the future of gaming will probably become fully immersive giving the user the opportunity to actually become a part of the game, total virtual reality might not be out of the question but there is a question of how far should gaming and immersiveness actually go, remember all those lovely crazy people who spend a large majority of their lives on World Of Warcraft?? A world full of zombies is never good.

I own an extensive amount of games and games consoles, next gen consoles i own are the Nintendo DS, PSP, Xbox 360 and at one point i did own a Wii. The console i enjoy playing the most is the Xbox, Online is excellent you can't not enjoy Modern Warfare online, hours of fun!!!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The history of Games 1980's-1990's

The next step within the gaming and computing revolution happend from the beginning of the 1980's onwards. At this time the presence of arcade games was on the increase. Popularity of gaming was on the rise, people were playing games for enjoyment and perhaps the challenge of the game. Im sure arcade games were widely enjoyed by many, but more than none the best form of socialites.... Pub goers'!!!! (Mike :D)
The fist noticeable arcade game was made in 1980, "Pacman" was a 2d arcade game that made the user control a moon shaped character that ate dots and fruit, the aim of the game was to eat all the dots and avoid the ghosts. All in all it was and still is a very addictive game. Another arcade game that interests me is that of "Donkey Kong" which was released in 1981, it was again a simple 2d game, which pitted "jumpman" (Super Mario) against Donkey Kong. Giant monkey vs. 3 foot plumber, always good!!!
The final arcade game that i feel the need to talk about is that of "Paper Boy" made by Atari, it basically involved the user by making them play as a paper boy on a bike delivering papers. This to me is highly comical as the main objective of the game is to deliver papers! It's not awe inspiring but more bizarre as the game can be marketed to different audiences, could you imagine children earning money on actual paper rounds to then burn their money to play a game which makes you deliver papers!!! The mind boggles!!
Multiple new platforms were released between the 80's and the 90's, The best platform released in my opinion was the "NES" produced by Nintendo. Other examples of platforms are the "Atari ST" and the "Commodore Amiga" Marketing was and still is very competitive I'm sure that when people realised money could be made from making games, competition would surely ensue.
Toward the end of the 80's platforms, improved and consoles became more 3d. Consoles like the snes, N64 and later on the playstation set the stage for the 3d consoles that we play today.
The next game in my gaming history that i played was on playstation after the Snes, "frogger" was probably one of the first games i played on the PS1. I spent an awful lot of time on "Command and Conquer Red Alert" that seriously gave me hours of fun, I even play the RTS's on the 360 today. I also remember the sheer terror and the tremendously bad acting in "resident evil 1" I love all the resident evil games merely for the way they push the player to be resourceful and investigate every corner.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

The history of Games 1950-1970

The first ever game was made through the use of army mainframe computers, it was very basic, lacking the complexity that is used in gaming production today. Although games were unimpressive up to this point, the creation of something that could be played with the use of technology was unprecedented. Games were made one after the other from the 1950's-1970's, although there were no real breakthroughs until the late 1970's.

The first "game" was made by a man called Thomas T. Goldsmith, JR. in 1948. The game simulated missle fire upon a target, it was of course very basic, as this game was made with military computers, one can presume that the game was made to try and aid that of the U.S. army. This perhaps hold significance because the 2nd world war had just ended, every facetion felt the need to strengthen their military prowess (although I speculate!)

In 1952 "OXO" was made, this was created by A.S. Douglas at the university of Cambridge, it tested human-computer interaction. This basically tested the player against the computer, it was scientific research and perhaps not created for pleasure or enjoyment but im sure users enjoyed the experience at the time.

In 1961 a game called "Spacewar!" was created. this was the first independant game that pitted two players against each other. Apparently it was the first influential computer game ever created. Another area of significance suurounding this game is the time in which the game was produced, the space race began in 1957 and the first human to go into space was a Russian in 1961. It was noticeable that the game reflected the goings on of the time.

The first game that I ever played was "Donkey Kong - Diddy Kong's Quest" in 1997 it wasn't a choice of my ownto purchase the game but that of my mothers for mine and my brothers birthday. Obviously I played this game for fun, it solely is the reason I play video games to this very day!!!