Video Games: Then and Now

Post by Rohan W.
Featured image by Attack-On-Maou

Gaming has changed a lot since 1977, SONY DSCin just 40 years we have progressed from simple Stick and Button Controllers all the way up to controllers larger than most hands with several joysticks and way too many buttons, not to mention the touch screen, camera, speaker, and microphone in the middle. In 1977, gaming was simple; there was a fair mix between adventure games and shooting games, and nothing was overly complicated. Glitches in that age were simple, and not usually game-breaking glitches. Now, zip forward to today, when we already have a glimpse of what’s to come.zelda_hd_wii_u These days, the most recent, big, console releases include the Wii U, Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4; some of the recent hand-helds are the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita. image001 For the most part, I’ll probably using the Wii U as the current day device in this blog, but that’s just because I’m most familiar with it.

Differences

So these days, we have holographic gaming capabilities, super-realistic virtual reality, and more! “remotes” with touch screens, radio broadcasters and receivers, two or more joysticks, and 11 or more buttons not including the “plus pad”.image003 it used to be that controllers were a box with a Joystick and a single button, connected to the console with a cable. Today, we have the capability to release games in glorious 1080p HD, while back when the Atari was out, the games were most often “8 Bit”.

Coding

These days, the games are so code-intensive that hackers have even been able to discover what appear to be unused cup icons within Mario Kart 8, possibly meaning upcoming downloadable content (DLC), although they suspect that it’s just beta stuff.eu0He1r In addition to that, others have been able to remove the sky in one of the tracks; and some have also created a track of their own, although it still needs work. There are also many different tricks that have been found that can be used to skip sections of dungeons, from keys to floors, seen here is a demonstration of many from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD.

In Hyrule Warriors, it was released with a minor glitch called the “Skin Swapping Glitch”, where one could get one person to use someone else’s weapons. A “Patch” was released after a few weeks that fixed it. A “Patch” is a small amount of coding that is released specifically to fix a glitch.

Games and their Styles

Back in the day, some of the games were Adventure, Breakout, Yar’s Revenge, Pitfall, and more. These days, we have game series like Call of Duty, Modern Warfare, The Legend of Zelda, Dynasty Warriors, Metroid, and more. 700x-1)Nearly all today’s game series focus on killing, often humanoids. Possibly the most recent (major) game released is Hyrule Warriors. Hyrule warriors is a cross between two major game series: Dynasty Warriors, and The Legend of Zelda. In this game the goal is to unlock people and weapons in order to facilitate progress through the game. Progress is achieved by cutting your way through hordes of enemies, so that you can easily get 100 “KOs” in a matter of a minute or less . Some of the upcoming games are a little bit more tame, though. Upcoming games include Splatoon, Zelda U, Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Mario Maker, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, and more. image005These games cover a wide variety of genres, including Adventure, Paintball, Hack’n’Slash, Side-Scroller, and Action/Beat’em-Up.

Graphics

Every so often these days, you will get a game that isn’t “Up to Par” graphics wise, for example: Minecraft, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (TLoZ: WW), The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (TLoZ: PH), and a wide variety of them online. image007These games often actually do well compared to most games released around the same time, but not always. TLoZ: WW didn’t do nearly as well as it was expected to do, but when TLoZ: PH was released, it actually did much better than expected. Minecraft still has 4.5 stars several years after its release; and it has also been released onto many other platforms. Minecraft was considered gift from the gods to some people, while a few others hated it; but that brings up the question, why is a game with such relatively poor graphics doing so well in today’s world, when almost all the other pixel games have died. Or would they thrive as well, if they were brought back? If a petition was started for companies like Atari to bring back the simple consoles, with their simple 2D pixel games, would they thrive, or does it require depth, like Minecraft?

And Here’s the Cherry

So, I’ve covered the gaming styles, gaming consoles, games, glitches, controllers, and graphics from 1977 to 2014. You’ve seen how the games compare, how simple it used to be, and how mind bogglingly confusing it can be these days. You’ve seen that graphics count for a lot, but that there are exceptions to this rule; and you’ve seen, above all, the overpowering human need to improve, to build bigger games with better graphics, more buttons, and more options. You’ve seen that we as humans, have created things that people back in 1977 wouldn’t, couldn’t, have imagined in their wildest dreams. So what do you think? Is it overwhelming? Do you prefer the simple games, or do you enjoy tackling the confusing ones?

 

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Image Credits

Photo 1: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/de/Atari-2600-Console.jpg (License: General Use, Stock Photo)

Photo 2: http://sickr.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/zelda_hd_wii_u.jpg?w=474 (said it was fine)
Photo 3: (Edited, so no link, both are Stock Photos)
Photo 4: (Originally here, modified http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wii_U_controller_illustration.svg)

Photo 5: http://i.imgur.com/eu0He1r.png ( License: General use, Credit: MKBoards (That’s as specific as I found, or to Chadderz and Mr. Bean)

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Photo 8: (photos from here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ae/Minecraft_forest.png/800px-Minecraft_forest.png (CC), http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2014/193/5/3/playing_wind_waker_hd_by_brolyangel-d7qc6br.jpg (Licensed for general use, BrolyAngel), http://www.nintendowallpapers.com/legend-of-zelda-phantom/ (General use)

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