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Gaming and Gaming Platforms…

My kids are often in the group of people considered to be “gamers.” They paly the various games that involve zombies taking over the world or an attacking horde of aliens. One of the things I have noticed, however, recently is that all of them now use the Nintendo Switch. In particular, the Mario Kart game seems to have helped us the most for them. Traditionally in the past, Nintendo was predominantly a gaming platform for younger kids. Now it seems to have moved into the more serious gamer world and seems to be doing very well. The difference between the Switch and the PS4 or Xbox is flexibility. You can plug the switch into your TV, or you can play it without the TV, like a battery-operated consult.

 All of the gaming systems today are moving towards the concept of media systems. What does that mean? It means you can stream from the various steaming service, such as Amazon Video, Hulu, Netflix, and many others.  The evolution in gaming platforms has been impressive, and I thought what the heck let’s make a brief history of gaming. When I was first starting in the IT world, the gaming we did then was done either on the Macintosh or PC. I was using Macs primarily; my PC was used at work only! At home, and at work, we played a computer game called Spectre. A tank game that allowed for multi-player network games, and we did that often when the helpdesk was offline. The very first system was called Pong. It supports up to two players. The next system to hit the market, and then the struggle was the offering from Arari.

Nintendo came out with a platform. The Sega Dreamcast quickly followed the original Nintendo device. The reality of gaming systems back then was similar to today in that they were title specific. Sonic, the hedgehog, was back then only available on the Sega Dreamcast system. Mario and his friends were then only available on the Nintendo platform. There wasn’t a PlayStation or an Xbox yet. With the first Playstation and after that the first Xbox, gaming evolved again. Now suddenly, you had games that needed five gigs or more of onboard storage. The very first games were small, 64 k. Now games can be ten gigs in size. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and others all have online gaming platforms that gamers join and can play with 100s or more of their friends.

Games are still tied to platforms. The major franchises now release the gaming system (platform) and PC versions of their games.

I know most of you probably don’t own a gaming console. So let’s have some fun with the poll questions!

  • Question of

    do you play games on yoru computer?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    do you play games on your phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a gaming system at home?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    do you play games on your tablet?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you play games on your computer?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Or do you still love board games?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. Q: DO YOU PLAY GAMES ON YORU COMPUTER?
    Yes (4 votes) – 40%
    No (6 votes) – 60%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A GAMING SYSTEM AT HOME?
    Yes (1 votes) – 11%
    No (8 votes) – 89%
    Q: DO YOU PLAY GAMES ON YOUR PHONE?
    Yes (3 votes) – 30%
    No (7 votes) – 70%
    Q: DO YOU PLAY GAMES ON YOUR TABLET?
    Yes (3 votes) – 43%
    No (4 votes) – 57%
    Q: DO YOU PLAY GAMES ON YOUR COMPUTER?
    Yes (1 votes) – 17%
    No (5 votes) – 83%
    Q: OR DO YOU STILL LOVE BOARD GAMES?
    Yes (8 votes) – 89%
    No (1 votes) – 11%

  2. I do not play the video games they have out now. I do enjoy some challenge so I have a multi-game disc downloaded that lets me play things like solitaire and I also enjoy an old favorite just for fun bashing balls and trying to score Luxor

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