1980 Arcade Games – Video Domination

1980 arcade games proved that the gaming market would become huge worldwide in the years to come with no signs of stopping. This, of course, was extremely evident in the release of the highest grossing game of all time. This was also heralded the first mascot character. Pac-Man was an international phenomena that also ushered in the maze chase genre, introduced power-ups, featured cut-scenes, and opened gaming to female audiences. Pre-1980 arcade games showed off their tech prowess and imagination through games such as Pong and Space Invaders. However, 1980 games showed the world how much money was to be made in this arena.

The Rise of Technology

To see how far we have gone in the realm of video-gaming, all one must do is to look back to the 1980’s to see how far we have come. 1980 arcade games pave the way for standardized gaming for decades to come. Namco released another contestant in the arena of 1980 arcade games. Rally-X became the first game to introduce a bonus round an feature multi-directional scrolling. Universal releases Space Panic which many cite as being the first platform game. Nintendo releases Radar Scope which features a mock 3D third person perspective. Atari releases Battlezone which was later used for US military training (with a few upgrades, of course. These are only a few of the gaming advances that were introduced into 1980 video games.

Pac-Man is King

Even after all of the above mentioned gaming advances in other 1980 arcade games, Pac-Man remains the best in its category. It took traditional gaming to that point and not only introduced many never seen before features, but it crossed retail lines by having the first mascot character from gaming in history. There were Pac Man lunchboxes, Pac Man plush toys, Pac Man notebooks, Pac Man posters, Pac Man TV Shows. Namco took its place as the grandfather of arcade gaming. They showed us not only how to constantly innovate and make anew, but also how to cross sell your innovation through several retail markets. It was because of 1980 arcade games that we see the video game market as we do today.

A Foreshadowing of Things to Come

In the coming years and decades, companies would take Namco’s example and use it as the basis for all of their future projects. Namco’s plan was the golden template. Simply put, 1980 Arcade-games set the standard.

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Here Is How You Can Be a Healthy Gamer

Gaming once took the world by storm, and has continued to remain a constant source of attraction, and even obsession, for many people. While everything is good in moderation, how do you satisfy your craving for continuous gaming, and still remain healthy? Keep reading to find out how.

• Know how to put first things first – Gaming only become unhealthy when it starts to creep into and disrupt other areas of your life. No matter how hardcore your gaming addiction is, it can still remain a healthy passion instead of becoming an unhealthy obsession, as long as you remain clear about your priorities. Certain things like family and friends, a full time job, and health, should never be compromised upon.

• Take care of your body – You can remain a healthy gamer so long as you do not let your passion throw you off schedule. Gaming late into the night, or all through until sunrise, may be acceptable every once in a while. However, when that becomes the norm, and you begin you overlook your healthy habits in order to continue gaming, then that spells trouble.

• Be an active gamer – This is a very important technique. Gaming on your consoles for hours on end can cause you to slip into the trap of leading a sedentary lifestyle. While it is a good thing that your brain is kept active by the gaming, it is essential to keep yourself physically active as well. This can be achieved by taking short breaks at regular intervals, and using these breaks to take a walk, or to do a couple of exercises.

• Stand tall – While most games that are played on the computer require the gamer to be seated, it would be fun to try gaming with consoles so that you can stand when you play. This is an exercise by itself. Also, you can shuffle your feet this way and that to remain physically active when you are seriously gaming.

• Drink to the game – Of course, we do not mean alcohol! It would be a healthy practice to take care of your body’s fluid requirements, by drinking water at regular intervals when you game. Fresh juices or other healthy drinks are also a good choice. This, instead of the common junk of chips and fast food that we normally opt for, will kickstart you on your journey to be a healthy gamer. It is one of the important things to remember.

Minecraft – Introduction to Farming

Farming constitutes a valuable way to obtain supplies for your Minecraft adventures. Now before you think it’s a simple “go and grow” like you might find on well-known game apps, you may want to consider a few things.

Plant Farming

You first have to craft a hoe (in survival mode) or find one in the tools tab (in creative mode), then find a patch of grass to begin your farm. Right-click there to begin. Once it becomes rows of dirt that look like farmland, take a seed you’ve found – either from destroying trees and other plants in survival mode or finding them in the materials tab in creative mode – then right-click where you want to plant your seed. You will then see very small buds. To make your plants grow naturally, surround the field with a channel of water; an average time for full growth on water alone is 5-10 minutes. You are free to continue gameplay in the meanwhile and return to see your plants when you are ready. If you want them to grow faster, you can apply some bonemeal (from the bones of destroyed skeletons). Right-click the plant to apply that bonemeal, and voilà! Depending on the size of the plant (e.g. grass vs. tree), it takes 1-5 clicks for instantaneous growth.

Once the plant is grown, it is ready for harvest. Destroy the plant to make the produce drop. Some plants that can be grown are sugarcane, wheat, pumpkins, and carrots. Some plants have fun special features; for example, you can make a jack-o-lantern out of a pumpkin and wear it on your head!

Mob Farming

Mob farming is more complicated than plant farming. The purpose of mob farming is not to grow plants but rather to “grow” a group of enemies that upon “birth” will die automatically, providing you with the items they will drop. Sounds gruesome, but in reality the characters “grown” or spawned just fall over and disappear, leaving behind valuable items such as ender pearls (which can be used for finding end portals), bones (which can be used for bonemeal or to train a dog), or string (for bows and arrows).

The first thing you need to do is find a good design, which won’t be covered in this article (your best bet is to do an online search to find a design you prefer). One method that tends to work well is water + cliff. An essential component of mob farming is a completely dark enclosure, as any dark place within the world of Minecraft spawns enemy characters such as endermen and zombies, so keep that in mind as you start to explore the intricacies of mob farming. You will need to choose a location that can provide complete darkness, such as going underground or ocean caves, or a nocturnal time within gameplay.

Whether you prefer the more peaceful possibilities of farming plants, or the more adventurous world of spawning mobs for their dropped items, farming will be an important part of your Minecraft experience. For more great tips and guides, check out

Getting a Job As a Game Tester

For those who were born in the late eighties and early nineties, you’ve probably dreamed of getting a job as a game tester, especially when you were younger. The birth of the computer during this era could have influenced that way of thinking. Also, the opportunity and privilege of playing video games to earn money doesn’t even seem like a hectic job at all. In fact, it’s like the perfect employment opportunity for most. Just think about it, don’t you want to earn while doing something you love?

Though, just like what they always say, not everything in the garden is rosy, and that applies on game tester jobs too.

So, if you’re here because you’re thinking of being a game tester, it’s important to be aware of the real deal– not personal fantasies, myths, and what you want to believe in. With that, here are some of the rarely discussed facts about game tester jobs:

1) Your experience in playing video games is just a small component.

In order to get through this field, it’s important to have a formal training and continuous experience related to game testing. If you’re thinking that the experience you’ve gained in playing video games will be more than enough and can help you become successful, you’re wrong.

The experience you get from playing has some value, but game testing is more than that. Thus, this is an introduction that will give you an idea on what you’re supposed to do.

2) Your ability will define you.

As a game tester, you should be capable of performing your job efficiently. Your long list of accomplishments way back in college, or being a programming whiz at the age of 15, would mean nothing to your superiors. Why? Even if you’re a programming genius at the age of 12, this doesn’t mean that you also have the skills needed to track down the bugs in a game.

In this situation, if you want to prove yourself, you must show your superiors that you are capable of pinpointing the bugs that may arise within a specific segment of the game.

Likewise, don’t expect that you’ll be assigned to the whole game. Instead, you’ll have to deal with a certain segment that you must work on and observe if there are any bugs on this segment. This is how you’re going to be scrutinized.

3) A certificate says a lot.

If you’re really determined to work as a game tester, then it’s advisable to take courses related to it– so that you’ll have something to support your ability once your apply. You cannot impress the employers by simply telling them that you’ve spent half of your life reading books about game testing. The harsh reality is that, no one will even pay attention to that, and even if it’s true that you really did, there’s still a high chance that you’ll go home feeling rejected and incapable.

So, as a precautionary measure, be prepared.

4) Being a professional is not enough.

Lastly, if you’re really determined in making your superiors impressed, here’s what you should do: Aside from being a professional game tester, you must also convince them that you have a true passion for video games. This will help you rise in ranks as a game tester.

Overall, being a game tester is not really a promising job, especially in video game production. For one, the supply in this position is quite high, that if someone resigns or gets fired, finding a replacement will not even take a week. So, if you’re really dreaming of standing above the rest, better show your everyone, especially your superiors, that you’re more than just an average game tester.