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November 11, 2019 2 min to read

The thing that changed gaming forever

Category : Hobby

Remember when video games were nothing more than a few pixels moving up and down, with a bouncing ball rolling across the screen? Yeah… me either, but I have heard stories about it, and it sounds awful.

That said, I do remember having to load up MS dos mode on an early 90’s computer and type in some code I always forgot so I could play Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf.

Man games sucked back then. Sitting alone at a computer looking at a heavily pixelated screen, playing a game that could barely even hold half of my attention.

Little did I know, that soon, gaming would be changed forever. And it wasn’t the hardware that would do it, although that did play a crucial role. Instead, it would be something far less predictable. It was the internet.

Socialization

We’ve all heard the stereotypes. Pimply faced kid in the basement, by himself for days on end, never seeing the sunlight, and eating Cheetos while downing caffeine.

Well, no longer (except the Cheetos and caffeine part, that’s still a thing).

Since the advent of online multiplayer games, gaming has become a place where like-minded people who loved the same game could join lobbies and play together.

Gamers are no longer the socially awkward people they once were. No longer being secluded and alone, gamers are now a part of a community.

A community that’s large enough for multi-billion dollar corporations to invest in platforms for players to share their favorite games with.

More acceptable

Let’s go back to the loner sitting at his computer myth; that’s pretty much no longer even a thing anymore. The sheer number and variety of games have brought nearly everyone to video games.

Who among us hasn’t squared off with a friend in a battle of wits to see who walks away with the most points in Words with Friends?

Whether it’s male, female, young, or old; seemingly the whole world is playing video games now. Heck, my girlfriend and I slay some zombies on Call of Duty every Friday night with a platter of wings, a pizza, and some drinks.

Hotfixes and patches

Bo Jackson Tecmo Bowl, Corner 3 in Double Dribble… These are words that make any gamer from the late ’80s to early 90’s shutter.

They were exploits in the games poor technology that made certain characters or certain plays unstoppable. And they remain there to this day…
 
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