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.

Gaming Has a Positive Side

Video games can be the best gifts for kids but gradually parents might regret having ever introduced them to the kids. However, the worldwide popularity of gaming has come up as the living proof how attractive it is for gamers across the globe. Gaming may have a number of baneful influences, but its positives cannot be ignored too because it brings great value for the human race as a whole. They are much more than mere toys, if you start counting the advantages of gaming.

Here are some positive aspects of gaming:

1. As people get into gaming, they learn a lot about the use of IT, such as downloading files, taking screen shots, uploading information and also sharing it with others. They come in touch with other gamers around the world and share knowledge and experiences with them, thus learning more and having fun.

2. Gaming enables people develop their skills and ability to make optimal use of gaming resources. They learn to manage resources and make the right use of equipment, develop theories and models and also design strategies, all of which is done while paying games.

3. When people play games, they develop a thirst for knowledge and want to take it to the higher levels. They bring together their individual skills and pool them up to make the best of them.

4. Another positive aspect of gaming is that it encourages social interaction as people from different parts of the world come together through this platform and exchanges their skills, thoughts and ideas.

5. It encourages people to sharpen their ability to interpret data through the lateral thinking process. Those who really get into gaming devise ways and tricks to tackle various situations and emerge as winners in the games they play.

6. Gamers develop an impeccable understanding of the history of the world as many games take them through the events in the world history, some of them even enacting the events and giving the life like experiences.

7. Innovation is another gift of gaming, as people are able to think of new ideas to achieve higher levels in gaming. They can bring out new ideas in graphics, designs and software programming to step up games to a new level.

8. Next amongst the best benefits of gaming is the fact that gamers learn the art of collective problem solving while they play games with others in groups and share ideas and techniques related to problem solving.

9. Some games are such that they inculcate value in young gamers by having positive influence on their impressionable minds. Particularly, in case of young children, parents should be selective about the games they should allow the children to play as violent ones can leave a wrong influence on them.

10. Gaming inculcates a competitive spirit in people and instills in them the love for winning. It has been noticed that some children show better results in academic performances as they develop their gaming skills.

Though there are a number of positive aspects of gaming, they should be limited as too much of it makes a person addicted and lazy, not willing to indulge in physical activities. One should treat them as good servants otherwise they can become bad masters.

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Minecraft – Introduction to Redstone

If you have spent any length of time within the Minecraft world, you will be familiar with the common mineral, redstone. Redstone is the “wiring” in Minecraft used to connect one contraption to another, your power source within the game.

How do you get it? Naturally, of course! You can mine for redstone ore underground as with most materials in Minecraft. That ore will turn into redstone upon breaking it with an iron pickaxe or better. However, you can also acquire it from killing a witch, looting a temple in the jungle, or trading with a villager.

Once you have your redstone in hand, you are ready to experiment with its’ possibilities. At the most basic level of gameplay, if you need a little portable light within the game, all it takes is redstone and a stick to craft a redstone torch. Want to provide constant light to your Minecraft home? Combine redstone and glowstone to make a lamp, keeping the darkness at bay… and all of the creatures that come with it.

Redstone is used for powering various sorts of gadgets. You’ll want to be familiar with several fundamental items. In the trigger category you find buttons and levers, as well as pressure plates. Buttons send a redstone signal upon being pressed, while levers function more like light switches. A pressure plate each side of a door can allow it to open as you enter and then close behind you, triggered by your weight as you step on and off again.

Two kinds of pistons also exist in the Minecraft world: regular and sticky. Regular pistons push a block one step forward and then leaves it there, whereas sticky pistons attach to the block and can thus push or pull it. You can use those to make doors, elevators, secret entrances and so on.

Repeaters, as you might guess, repeat the redstone signal: one placed after the first fifteen blocks of redstone will extend your signal’s reach for another fifteen blocks.

So, what can you do with all of these buttons, levers, pressure plates, pistons and repeaters? The sky is literally the limit. You might decide to make piston-controlled waterfalls, secret trapdoors, music machines, clocks, and even rollercoasters. If you want to get really fancy, try assembling a number of gadgets and contraptions into a Rube Goldberg Machine. Feeling lazy? Redstone can even power up automatic farming and mining machines as well.

Redstone can also enhance the brewing of potions. Combining redstone dust and a water bottle will give you the Mundane Potion, while adding the dust to a number of other potions (e.g. Potion of Night Vision, Water Breathing, or Invisibility) will increase their duration.

As you can see, redstone will provide the power source for many of your Minecraft creations and adventures. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination!

Multiple Games And Multiple Mash-Ups

Mario has become a global icon to the likes of Mickey Mouse. This is no lucky shot though because to this day Mario is always a top contender for a game of the year award on any dedicated video game website. Over the years, unlike his competitors (Sonic, Toe Jam & Earl, and Boogerman) he was able to evolve through the years. In many ways Mario is Nintendo spanning across hundreds of games, dozens of genres, and selling over a billion of copies worldwide. Interestingly enough the top ten rated video games include Mario three times, not including the originals when released.

That is not Nintendo’s only celebrating mascot, much like Disney, Nintendo thrives on their variety of characters. They have Link a sword wielding hero from “The Legend of Zelda” series, Star Fox a brave space pilot from the “Star Fox” series, Samus an alien fighter from the Metroid Prime series, Donkey Kong a giant ape from the Donkey Kong series, and many more. It is insane how many characters that Nintendo does own and to this day they are still creating more. All of these characters have been in multiple games and multiple mash-ups that show them competing with one another. These mash-up happened years before the Avengers hit movie theaters, showing that Nintendo is ahead of their game in more ways than one. They have been releasing new consoles at around a 5 year span going from the Nintendo Entertainment System, to the Super Nintendo, to Nintendo 64, to Gamecube, to Wii, now finally to the Wii U. Each experience has been different and fresh letting the players play the games in a brand new way.

The games were fantastic and the consoles were improvements over one another. It is fun to describe the consoles and talk about the games, but the only way to actually understand all of this is to play a Nintendo console. Years after the release of the first Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo is still hitting homeruns to this day. They are fun to play, families will get together around a television set just to play some of their favorite mascots. This is something that cannot be said about the competitors. If Nintendo keeps this innovations going they will be creating games for the next century and onward when we are finally introduced to fully interactive 3D worlds. Do not be surprised if Nintendo is behind this innovative technology.