Technology: Cloud Coverage: Gaming

Published by: on Monday July 30th, 2012

Now with a show of hands, how many gamers do we have out there? One, two… well… I guess you can put your hands down now.  There is really no point in counting since pretty much everyone plays games from time to time.

One of the first video games was released in 1958 called Tennis for Two. Since then, video games have changed the way that we interact with stories.  I bet you didn’t know that there were video games in 1958, now you do.

Enough talk; let’s just get to the meat and potatoes. Video games have become the largest entertainment industry on the planet.  You have so many choices when it comes to how you want to play.  From the PlayStation to the Xbox to the Nintendo Wii to casual online games… the list goes on and on.

In 2008, the video game Grand Theft Auto IV made $500 million in it’s opening week.  That is more than three of the top films that year in their opening weeks combined; The Dark Knight: $155.3 million, Iron Man: $100.8 million, and Wall-E: $62.5 million.  Heck, in 2011, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 made $400 million in its first 24 hours.  Then it became the first entertainment product to reach $1 billion in 16 days, breaking the record previously held by Avatar, which reached $1 billion in 17 days.

I believe that the video game industry is fastest growing entertainment industry in history and it definitely has room to grow.  With the creation of the next generation systems, (PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii), gamers were introduced to a new form of gaming.  Games like the “Uncharted” series, the “Assassin’s Creed” series and Batman: Arkham City gave gamers the ability to not only play as a character but they became part of the cinematic experience.  These games have given us another option outside of the box office.  When I played though the “Uncharted” series, I got the chance to play as one of the greatest video game characters, Nathan Drake. He is part Indiana Jones, part Lara Croft.  One of the greatest aspects to the game is how in between gameplay, there are these elaborate cinematic cut scenes that move the story along.  Your not just watching a movie, you are playing a movie.  I will go into more detail about different aspects of gaming in future posts.

For now, here is a trailer for a game that I am really excited about! The game is Assassin's Creed 3, which takes place during the American Revolution. You play as one of the deadly assassins (the Americans) fighting against the evil Templars (the British).  That’s why the Olympics are in London this year; it’s all part of their plan for world domination!