Video gaming evolution!

A look at the massive impact of one of the world's fastest growing media.

When it comes to connecting with one another, nothing has been such a natural ice-breaker than media. Regardless of color, creed or background there’s some languages we can all understand. We can connect with complete strangers through love of music, art, works of fiction and the ever growing platform of video games.

In just a few decades video games have jumped from a simple tennis game released by Atari in 1972, Pong was a game of two white sticks which would pass a square resembling that of a tennis ball that served as a simple but addictive arcade system all the way 30 years later in 2002 we saw the third instalment to the Elder Scrolls series Morrowind. Morrowind was revolutionary for its time that any RPG, Role-playing lover could dream for in video gaming with its massive open world, freedom to explore and quest your way through the ashen island of Vvardenfell with characters and races to give even the best dungeons and dragons campaigns a run for their money.

Fast forward 15 years later and video gaming could not be more widely accepted as just as normal of a hobby or outlet as your favourite playlist or movie when it comes to media entertainment. Sometimes even I’m unsure whether I’ll wear my favourite band hoodie or my Final Fantasy logo shirt!

But how does it have the same power and connection between people the same as music and film you might ask?Certainly in the times of Pong and Pac-Man designs were simple and offered minimal entertainment but as time went on and development evolved we started to see more than just a cartridge or CD. Behind so many games from the mid 80’s to the present we started to see some of the most gripping story lines from the ever growing Nintendo Zelda series to Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid to name but a few to the heart pumping scores from composers such as Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) and the legendary Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), finally packaged with stunning visuals, video games became a language we all understood .

Conventions, college courses even “do it yourself” gaming engines have become available to all, massive online servers to connect and play with friends and strangers from all parts of the world to once again being us closer to enjoying a hobby together that no language barrier can break. It’s opened so many coding, development, art and voice acting opportunities which seemingly speaks for itself when it’s come to the positive mark it’s left in our lives.

I’ve had the pleasure of voice acting in an independently made game “Afterlife, story of a father”developed by Green Sawdust which as a video gaming nerd was a wonderful experience to see the “Nuts and bolts” to making a game and I can certainly say akin to music, a lot of love can go into making such wonderful works of art.

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