Video games are a dominant source of entertainment for people—so much so that there’s even a global holiday to celebrate them.
O yeah, you got that right! It’s the National Video Games Day celebrated every 12th day of September. This category aims at updating you with articles on Global Video Games Facts and Trends. Before getting started, let’s water you with interesting highlights.
- Video games history goes as far back around the 1950s. This was a time academic computer scientists began designing simulations as part of their research, which they did for recreation. The launching of the early arcade video games was between the years 1972 to 1978.
- Barack Obama campaigned in 18 video games, which helped him win the 2008 presidential election. The former US president purchased ad space in 18 games and allowed them to run in 10 states. His “Vote for Change” billboards targeted video games between the ages 18 to 34.
- The Game Boy of Tetris has the record of being the first video game in space. Around 1993, the tile-matching video game travelled aboard a Soyuz TM-17 rocket to the MIR Space Station, where it was played by Aleksandr A. Serebrov, a Russian cosmonaut. The video game was later sold at an auction for $1,220.
- There is an increasing majority of global adults who believe shooting video games is one of the contributing factors to gun violence.
- About 49% of American adults play video games either on TV, computer, game console or cellphone. Among these numbers, only 10% consider themselves true gamers.
- The U.S. Air Force’ loves for PlayStation 3 go out of this world. In 2010, the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces bought 1,700 PlayStation 3s which they see as the best heterogeneous supercomputer for their research work.
- The smells of soccer and racing games once wowed the world. Did you know?… The U.K. versions of FIFA 2001 and Gran Turismo 2 were created with the idea of them having a “scratch and sniff” disc. Back then, if you scratch a FIFA 2001 disc, you will smell the pitch. Also, that of the GT2 disc would deliver you “a real pit-stop smell.”
- A global video game stigma would forever exist. In the US, 26% of people think video games are a complete waste of time while 30% of adults think TV entertainment is better.
- While preparing the Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 007, there was a plan to include Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Sean Connery as playable characters in multiplayer mode. That plan got abandoned prior to release, but the team who made the game refused to remove the above-named characters on the cartridge. In the year 2005, a group of game crackers went into the game’s code and brought the characters out.
- In the US, 214 million people play video games and 75% of Americans have at least one gamer in their household. 65% of video gamers love to play with others. Also, the average age of a video gamer is 35-44 years old.