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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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.

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.