• I have a passion for video games
• Intrigued by the evolution of video games
• Career in video game design
• Technology has integrated into society
• Has grown exponentially
• More tech savvy
• Release stress
What is video game?
• Game console
• Visual screen
• “Conflict- against an opponent or circumstances” (Wolf
• “Rules- determining what can and cannot be done and
when” (Wolf 3)
• “Player ability- such as skill, strategy, or luck” (Wolf 3)
• “Valued outcome- such as winning vs. losing, or the
attaining of the highest score or fastest time for
completing of a task” (Wolf 3)
1 U.S. video game software sales grew 22.9%
2 68% of American homes play video games
3 Average gamer is 35 years old
4 Average age of game purchase is 39 years old
5 40% of all game players are women
1 25% of gamers are over 50 years old
2 37% of head households play games on a
3 84% of games sold were rated E, T and E10+
4 92% of game players under the age of 18
report that their parents are there when a
game is purchase
5 63% of parents believe games are positive for
• Video game industries are changing the life
styles of society. Video games are evolving so
fast that it has become part of our daily lives.
In the future, video games will be so
sophisticated that we’ll think of it more than
entertainment purposes, but we’ll use it for
everything such as jobs, schools, and the
Which console sold the most?
B. PlayStation 2
C. Xbox 360
D. Nintendo Entertainment System
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I decided to do my topic on video games because I have a great passion for video games. I always been intrigued by the evolution of video games because it always seem to be changing so fast. Video games has deeply influence me, and I might want to pursue in video game design. http://yoshi.2yr.net/pics/mario-party-advance-yoshi2.jpg
Video Games are influential in today’s society not only because they have become part of our society, but also because it is integrated into our culture.We are more tech savvy than before, which means that a person is skillful with technology. Our generation knows how to work with computers, cell phones, and game systems better than the generation before. Example (My dad couldn’t figure out how to use the internet)It’s also one of the great ways to release stress, it takes our mind off of something, and takes us somewhere else. We enter into a new world and escape reality.http://api.ning.com/files/z6WKWpsZFixpxO7WNF5QiR45bgpuo2im*zn8*Cyd2ffc9-rlm3wA6DXdcZ4FVDApzQlfSrD1pPnzhlKkod0*qxUeiKCbJt7y/starfox.jpg
1.Video game is when a person uses a controller such as a mouse, joystick, or phone to play on a console (computer, game system, or mobile) on a visual screen such as a computer, television, or portable device.Need to havesomething to see, control, and run on a program2. There are 4 different factors that would be helpful to know are the conflicts, rules, players, and valued outcome.3. In a video game, there is always a conflict and the player must try to solve the problem.4.The rules is made by the video game designers such as putting boundaries of a map, controlling the player’s movement, and having the buttons assign.5.The players’ ability is how good the user is in their skills, strategy, or just luck to accomplish the goal.6.The valued outcome is either winning or losing in general. There’s accomplishment of getting the highest score or fastest time.http://www.mariocity.com/images/wallpapers/DonkeyKong-mario-wallpaper.jpg
Growth – From 2003 to 2006, the software industry's annual growth rate exceeded 17%. At the same time, the entire U.S. economy grew at a less than 4% rate. The industries was making more money in this tough economy. (http://www.theesa.com/facts/index.asp)GDP –GDP or Gross Domestic Product, which is a measurement of a country's overall economic output. In 2006, the entertainment software industry's value added to $3.8 billion. (http://www.theesa.com/facts/index.asp)Employment – From 2002-06, employment for the industry grew at an annual rate of 4.4%. Currently, computer and video game companies employ more than 80,000 people in 31 states. The average salary for employees is $92,300. (http://www.theesa.com/facts/index.asp)http://vgsales.wikia.com/wiki/File:Factor_5_dev_costs.jpg
1. Game mechanics is the rules that is set up in any video game. (Wolf 23)For example, the different levels, time limit, points, movement of the players, or boundaries. (Wolf 24)2. Graphics is the visual design, color, lighting effects, point of view, character design, and credits. (Wolf 24)3. Programming is a computer language designed to express calculations that can be performed by a machine. (Wolf 23)4. Production Process is the material use in creating a game such as CD-ROMs and the plastic case for games. (Wolf 24)5. Audio is the sound effect and soundtrack in video games. (Wolf 24)Like Pac-Man has the sound effect. Mario, Halo, and Tetrismusic are very well known. 6. Narrative is the story plot made in the game. (Wolf 25)They want to make it like a movie or tv show so the audience would be interested.http://www.ulillillia.com/images/RPGgamefirstattemptSS09.png
What skills is needed to be a game designer.A package of skills that a person or team possesses. A skill set includes anything from knowledge of a particular programming language to the ability to manage people. (Gershenfeld 14)They need to have the knowledge of computer programming languageThey have to identify the problem andfix the programThey need the skills set to work together with other peopleThe core skill set of a typical development team are programming, art, design and project management. (Gershenfeld 14)http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3649/3333750648_f0dd20df66_o.png
This is the steps they take in developing video games.Conceive – imagine the ideas that would make a great video game. Brainstorm your ideas and take notes. (http://pulsipher.net/SGD/)Investors/publishers – Are responsible for manufacturing and packaging video games. Developers tell the investors a head of time because it takes months for them to process, so the sooner the better. (Gershenfeld 17) Create – after getting approval, the production team creates a prototype including stages/level designs. (Gershenfeld 17) Production Team- Have a group of people such as the programmers, artists, and audio designers working together. The artists draw everything electronically on a computer. The audio designers create the sound that will happen in the game. Finally, the programmers, they put everything together in the game. Cooperate - The team works together and the team does a specific job. They’re assigned specific jobs. For example, we might have a team that has 10 programmers, 4 artists, and 2 audio designers. Have one artist make the background, two other artists make the characters, and have the last one make the objects. Have one audio person product the noise and the other one record it and put it into the game. The 10 programmers work on different section of the game. After the artists are done, they give it to the programmers for them to install. (http://pulsipher.net/SGD/)Modify until Right – The prototype of the game is done. They have play testers that they test the game out. They will take the blind test of the video game in separate area. After they play the video game, they have to rate the game and give reasons why. The Play testers must talk about the positive and negative of the game. If they’re getting paid to play video games, the game has to be amazing and fun. Normally, the game goes back for another revision, make sure there’s no obvious problems in the game because the game is being mass products. It goes through it until it is perfect. (http://pulsipher.net/SGD/))Community – Distribute the game out to the public, like Game Stop, E B Games, and other electronic stores. The way for people to get buyers is have commercials, billboards, and other ads up for the video game. (http://pulsipher.net/SGD/)The typical size of today’s development teams is usually somewhere between a dozen to a few dozen people working together (Gershenfeld 15)http://pulsipher.net/SGD/WhatVideoGameDesignersDo.gif
Racing- Games in which the task is to be ahead of your opponent. (Mario Kart) (Wolf 271)2.Shooting-”Games involving shooting at, and destroying the opponents or objects.” (Halo) (Wolf 272)Real Time Strategy- controlling an army or a mass of people (Starcraft) (Wolf 272)http://www.flickr.com/photos/superiorraw/2934096099/http://arcadeheaven.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/mario-kart-arcade-gp.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/starfeeder/1539644503/
1. Collecting- “Games in which the primary objective involves the collecting of objects that do not move.” (Pac-Man) (Wolf 264)Trading- exchange items or objects in a game (Pokemon) (Wolf 265)Platform - Characterized by jumping to and from platforms, and over obstacles. (Super Mario Bros 3) (Wolf 265)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sugimoris025.pnghttp://selectstartgames.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/super-mario-bros-3.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/86791111@N00/3082161799/
Role-playing- “Game in which players create or take on a character with a developed person specifics such as species, race, gender, and occupation, and abilities, such as strength. (Final Fantasy) (Wolf 271)Sports- Games which are adaptations of existing sports or variations of them. (Madden 10) (Wolf 272)Puzzle-solving- “Games in which the primary involves solving problem, navigation, learning how to use different tools, and changingof objects.” (Tetris) (Wolf 270)Stealth- Concealing or hiding from your opponent. (Tom Clancy Splinter Cell) (Wolf 271)http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/47/Final_Fantasy_XIII_EU_box_art.jpghttp://pigskinlovinglady.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/madden-cover.jpghttp://gadgetophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/tetris.gifhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinzuniga/1396245898/
Action- “The player must navigate a game level, collecting objects, avoiding obstacles, and battling enemies with various attacks.” (Assasins Creed) (Kent 473) Adventure- “The player assumes the role in an interactive story that is driven by exploration and puzzle-solving instead of physical challenge” (Batman Arkham Asylum) (Kent 187)3. Surviving- “The player must try to live or escape a dangerous situation” (Resident evil 4) (Kent 568)http://www.fototube.pl/pictures/as28.jpghttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4f/Arkham_Asylum.jpghttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d9/Resi4-gc-cover.jpg
13:47The Nintendo is the Japanese name that can be roughly translated as “Leave luck to heaven”In 1981, they became successful when Nintendo released the arcade game Donkey Kong.Donkey Kong was one of the first games to feature multiple levels and they released Mario Bros later onThey were one of the few who avoided the crash of 1983 which will be explain on later on.“The crash forced the video game industry to pause and reassess itself, and new technologies were tried at the arcade to attempt to revive business.” (Wolf 29) The crash finally ended in 1985 when the new system appeared in North America. (Wolf106)It was called Nintendo Famicom in Japan, but the console was redesigned and called it the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nintendo.svg
1:25Sony Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, communications technology, televisions, computer monitors, video games, movies, music, and others. (Wolf 181)Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation Changed its name to Sony in 1958, which is Latin word for Sonic or Sound. (Wolf 181)PlayStation 1,2,3, and PSP (Wolf 181)Sony is a vast multinational company, with corporate branches in China, Spain, France, Canada, South Korea, and elsewhere.It is the largest media corporation in the world. (Wolf 181)
Microsoft is a corporations created by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975.Microsoft played a part in the development of Sega’s Dreamcast, the company had ideas releasing their own game console. (Wolf 167)They made Xbox and Xbox 360 in the 2000’s. After the they came out with their own game console, Sega declared that they would stop making game consoles.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft
Ralph Baer was a television engineer and he and his coworkers designed the first video game console that works on a television. (http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050523/console_timeline/)PONGThe Brown Box was only a prototype that could only play 12 games and the graphics are only squares on the screen.Calling Sanders Associates, a television manufacturers, to sign an agreement with RCA in 1970, but it was later cancelled. (Wolf 50)However, this started the very beginning of video game consoles.http://pongmuseum.com/history/_picts/BrownBoxmultigame.jpg
Baer’s team showed the “Brown Box” to one company called Magnavox.The Odyssey was the first commercial home game console. It was the first generation era. They began marketing the game in 1972.Odyssey suddenly became sought after, it was the only way people could play PONG at home. (Wolf 54)It had no electronic chip, software, and microprocessor, and it did not produce sound or color graphics. (Wolf 50)They discontinue because the Odyssey wasn’t a big hit, only sold 300,000. (Kent 14)$100 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_box
The Atari system offered players to play different games by changing game cartridges. (Wolf 57)Home video games had improved, offering color the first time. (Wolf 41)Another innovative feature was interchangeable controllers. The system was sold with 2 joystick controllers. (wolf 57)Able to play Pac Man at home$200 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_2600
The videogame industry died in 1983. Entertainment software sales for disk-based machines died in 1984. (http://www.erasmatazz.com/library/JCGD_Volume_5/The_Atari_Years.html)Games for these systems were very poor quality that flooded the market.Video games industries went bankrupt.Reverse Engineering is when you examine the function, technology, structure, and operation of an object.They would get a lot of information if they did it, and making every game pretty much the same. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983)http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/QBert
After the video game market crash, Japan came to America with their game console the Nintendo Entertainment system (NES). The controllers had rectangle shape with an analog stick on the left, the select and start button in the middle, and the 2 red buttons on the right. $159 system (Wolf 116)It helped revive the American video game industry and helped to bring an end to the problems it was suffering. (Wolf 106)Sold over 60 million units worldwide. (http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050523/console_timeline/)Nintendo also had the seal of quality system put on the their product so it couldn’t be manufactured without Nintendo approval. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983)http://www.flickr.com/photos/29158929@N03/2722248925/
Game Boy is the first handheld game console ever. (http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050523/console_timeline/)6:43It had the same controls for the NES, the analog stick and the buttons. The Game Boy had the screen play games in black and white. opening where 2 double A batteries can be placed in. Selling around 70 million (Wolf 107)$109 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy
Sega shipped the first Genesis units in late August 1989. (Wolf 119)Sega announced its intentions to release a true 16-bit console. (Wolf 119)Telegenesis modern, which allowed gamers to compete against one another online via the telephone. (Wolf 119)$200 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Drive
Super Nintendo Entertainment System came after NES. It was the “Golden Age of video games” (Kent 16) $200 (Wolf 120)It had 2 controllers to play with. The controller was different from the first one. It was shaped differently, instead of squares, it was round shape. The round shape of he controller was easier to hold in your hand than the square controller. It also had more buttons to choose, from 2 buttons to 6 buttons now.Sold over 49 million Super NES units were sold worldwide.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Nintendo_Entertainment_System
The Playstation was released in Japan in 1994 and 1995 worldwideIt was a CD-based video games system (Kent 452)This let the PS create sophisticated 3-D graphics The new 32-bitsystem could also play full-motion video. (Wolf 164)PlayStation hadexternal memory cards that would allow them to save game data. (Wolf 164) This new console would end Nintendo’s dominance over the video game market. ( Wolf 177)$299 (Wolf 164)In 1998, Sony released memory cards (Wolf 147)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playstation
In September, 1997, they released a 64-bit console system.Theconsole came in 32 different colors. It sold over 32 millions worldwide. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashka/488329902/
The Game Boy Color can also the old version before.(Wolf 145)The games came in different colored cartridges so people could tell them apart. The original games came in gray cartridges and the color games came in black cartridges. (Wolf 145)Cost about $90 (http://gamersyndrome.com)It was very successful worldwide, sold over 100 million units. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Color
The new system, named Dreamcast, was released on November 27, 1998, in Japan and on September 9, 1999, in North America. (Wolf 166)Had online gaming.Games for the Dreamcast came on discs that Sega called Gigadiscs. (Wolf 166)The Dreamcast also was closely related to PC, and even used the Microsoft Windows program. (Wolf 166)It helped PC game developers since they convert their existing PC games to the Dreamcast was much easier than other consoles.Microsoft played a part in the development of Sega’s Dreamcast, Microsoft got a lot of insight to the world of designing video game hardware. (Wolf 166)$200 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sega-dreamcast-set.png
The PS2 came out on March 5, 2000The PS2 had a memory slot to store games. It had a DVD format, which could store six times as much data as a CD. It could play back DVD movies, something that no other console at the time could do. (Wolf 167)$300 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm)The PS2 could play DVDs using the game controller for the remote. (Wolf 168)It is the best selling console to this date, selling over 120 million units (Kent 167)The PS2 had online gaming by 2003. On September, 2004, the PS2 finally came in a different model which was smaller, thinner, and quieter than the older version. (http://www.scei.co.jp/corporate/release/071106ae.html)This was PS2 SlimOne of their best selling games are Grand Theft Auto series, Gran Turismo, and Metal Gear Solid 2 http://www.modchip-wizard.comhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_2
The Xboxcame out on November 2001. (Wolf 167)Xbox was the first game console for MicrosoftAlso it was the first console to have a 8 GB hard drive (Wolf 167)The company use PC technology which allowed greater performance than the PS2. (http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050523/console_timeline/)Had 4 controllersIt could also play DVD and CD player and had its own memory storage in the game. (Wolf 168)$300 system (Wolf 168)They discontinue making the Xbox in 2006. It sold over 24 million. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox
Nintendo launched the Game Cube, its first non-cartridge system (Wolf 168)The Nintendo had an optical-disc that was ¾ the size of a standard DVD. (Wolf 168)It was also compatible with its portable Game Boy. (Wolf 168)A Game Adaptor which allowed gamers to play their Game boy games on their TV sets. (Wolf 168) It sold over 20 million worldwide$200http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_GameCube
The next step in Game Boy’s evolution is the Game Boy Advance, a back wards-compatible (http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050523/console_timeline/)It could play all the older versions.The LCD screen for the Game Boy Advance can display more than 32,000 colors. (http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050523/console_timeline/)Unlike the previous Game Boy, the screen was at the center. The controls were at the side of the Game Boy Advance. $100 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm)http://www.flickr.com/photos/23732861@N00/3357448275/
Nintendo DS is a dual screen handheld console. The top screen represented a standard game while the bottom allowed to touch the screen. (Wolf 145)It did accept all of the Game Boy Advance cartridges, but it didn’t accept any game boy version games.The game was on flash memory cards. (Wolf 145)It has a wireless support, touch screen, and microphone. It sold over 120 million worldwide. $200 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_DS
Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 on November 22, 2005, and it sold out completely. (Wolf 169)The system sold in different configurations. The Core and Pro was the first that came out. (http://www.joystiq.com)The Pro system came with a detachable 30 GB hard drive, an headset, a remote, and a wireless controller. (http://web.archive.org/web/20080731143424/http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/x/xbox360prosystem/default.htm)Core came with wired controls, but you couldn’t play onlineOn October 23, 2007, Microsoft came out with the Arcade system to replace the core system. The Arcade system came with a white wireless controller, and 256 MB,(http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2007/oct07/10-22ArcadeConsolePR.mspx)14:10When the Elite first came out on April 29, 2007, it came out with a black wireless controller, headset, and a 120 GB for the console which later came out with 250 GB on October 23, 2009. (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2009/08/microsoft-drops-price-of-120gb-xbox-360-system-/1)(http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2009/08/microsoft-drops-price-of-120gb-xbox-360-system-/1)Also can change the front piece with different features. It sold over 39 million units worldwide. (http://www.computerandvideogames.com) http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellac/44747561/
The PS3 was released onNovember 18, 2006, in America.A premium system featuring a 60 GB hard drive A system with a 20 GB hard drive. (Wolf 170)The PS3 features a slot-loading 2x speed Blu-ray Disc drive for games, movies, DVDs, and CDs. (http://www.us.playstation.com/ps3/about/specs)There are the 5 original PS3 hardware models such as the 20, 40, 60, 80, and 160 GB. (http://web.archive.org/web/20080213150843/http://www.us.playstation.com/PS3/About/Comparison)In 2009, Sony released the PS3 slim worldwide. PS3 slim can have a 120 GB or 250 GB hard drive. They both came with Wifi, 2 USB ports, and Dual Shock controller. (http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/27/playstation-3-slim-review/) The slim model is 33% smaller, 36% lighter, and consumes 34% less power than the first model. It ran 45nm Cell processor which was energy efficient and it made less noise than the normal model. (http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/27/playstation-3-slim-review/) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_3
The Wii was launched on November 19, 2006, in America. (Wolf 171)Nintendo chose the name Wii because a word that sounded like the English word “we,” meaning that the system was for everybody. (Wolf 171)$249 (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/10/game_consoles/source/2.htm)For the Wii Sports, the system allowed gamers to play sports while using a wireless controller that acted as the baseball bat or golf club. (Wolf 171)Nintendo’s Wii Remote only had 2 buttons. (Wolf 171)The Wii Remote came with a wrist strap that attached to the remote. (Wolf 171)The Wii made great use of wireless technology, including using a wireless connection to hook up to the Internet.( Wolf 171)The Wii was compatible with the Game Cube. (Wolf 171)It has a motion sensor and point deviceIt has sold over 60 million worldwide.Selling more than the PS3 and the 360http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii
Increase your motor coordination with video games, a person becomes more interactive (Espeio 78)A person playing video games increase your focus and get less distracted (Espeio 78)It also increases our long term memory because a person can focus playing a video game for a long time. (Espeio 78)http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3042/2596985632_f11b7050cc.jpg
There were many controversy about the moral and psychological impact of video games (Wolf 189)Parents, politicians, religious groups, and other groups talk about the content of video games. Video games can make a person aggressive with violent video games. Physicians Jeannie Rosenberg said," violence is stylized, romanticized, and choreographed, it encourages children to create a repeated pattern that violence with style and personal empowerment.” (Espejo 7)She believes that if you do the things in the video game like killing, stealing, and any other acts of violence, you’ll do it in real life. Grand Theft Auto series are very fun, but brought violence, engage against people, law enforcements, weaponry, and prostitution in a game. (Wolf 278)Some game like Mortal Kombat got banned in Hong Kong and Singapore because the blood and violence that showed in the game. (Wolf 220)The Singapore government banned most of all games with sexual content. (Wolf 220)In South Korea, Nintendo, Sega, and Sony had been officially banned for more than 20 years because of political and moral reasons. Only games that they’re allowed to play is home computer games and online games. That’s why Starcraft and Warcraft games became a big hit in Korea because they couldn’t play any other consoles. Their government stopped the ban in June 2000. (Wolf 220)People can easily become addictive to video games. There are several death incidents involving video games in South Korea, Vietnam, and United States.In 2005, in South Korea, Seungseob Lee played Starcraft for almost 50 hours straight, but then he got cardiac arrest. He died at a hospital. (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article553840.ece)In 2007, In Vietnam, a 13 year old boy stabbed and robbed an 81 year old lady because he needed money to play games online. The amount of money he took was $6.20 in American money. (http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/144906.html)In Philadelphia, a 27 year old man named Tyrone Spellman was convicted of 3rd degree murder for killing his 17old month daughter over a broken Xbox. (http://cbs3.com/local/Tyrone.Spellman.Xbox.2.676702.html)In 2007 in Ohio, 17 year old boy name Daniel Petric killed his parents because they took away Halo 3 from him.http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2074/2491881324_120c82a0ac.jpg
list of the top 10 entertainment software industry facts: From 1996 to 2008, U.S. computer and video game software sales grew about 23% in 2008 to $11.7 billion – more than quadrupling industry software sales since 1996. 68% of American households play computer or video games. The average game player is 35 years old and has been playing games for 12 years. The average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 39 years old.40% of all gamers are women. In fact, women over the age of 18 represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (34 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (18 percent). (http://www.theesa.com/facts/index.asp)http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww196/daBeaver28/Modern_Warfare_2_Wallpaper_8.jpg
In 2009, 25% of Americans over the age of 50 play video games, an increase from 9%in 1999. 37% of heads of households play games on a wireless device, such as a cell phone , it went up from 20% in 2002. 84% of all games sold in 2008 were rated "E" for Everyone, "T" for Teen, or "E10+" for Everyone 10+. The other 16% were EC for early childhood, M for Mature 17+ and AO for Adults Only.92%of game players under the age of 18 report that their parents are there when they purchase or rent games. 63%of parents believe games are a positive part of their children’s lives.(http://www.theesa.com/facts/index.asp)http://www.flickr.com/photos/ulotrichous/286575497/sizes/o/
Video game industries are changing the life styles of society. Video games are evolving so fast that it has become part of our daily lives. In the future, video games will be so sophisticated that we’ll think of it more than entertainment purposes, but we’ll use it for everything such as jobs, schools, and the government.http://www.blingcheese.com/wallpaper/view/37/mario+wallpaper.htm
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/ff/Gm8_Logo_Previous.pngI use the program Game Maker on my PC to make my defense tower game, however, my program only works on PC and not Mac. Like the PC games for Halo and Fable, it doesn’t work on Macs because the programming language is different.