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A Brief History of Video Games

Video games are everywhere these days, and one could even argue that they comprise the majority of games we play. Just ask yourself, when was the last time you played a traditional game like chess or monopoly? Chances are, it's been months or even years. But when was the last time you played any sort of video game? It could have been just hours ago on your cellphone or computer.

pac manBut video games have only been around for a few decades. The first computer-based games were invented in the 50s, but gaming with computer systems did not become mainstream until the 70s and 80s. At the time, many arcades started becoming popular as well. If you are old enough, you probably remember the early game consoles like the Atari 2600, along with early arcade games like Pac Man and Space Invaders.

From the 80s, it was just a matter of new generations of consoles being released, with each one offering superior graphics and game plays. We are currently at the 8th generation of game consoles, which includes popular consoles such as the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Along with consoles, playing games on computers is also wildly popular. Each year, avid games spend hundreds of dollars buying top-of-the-line graphics cards to enhance their game play.

The cost of gaming remains high, however. Keep in mind, consoles cost hundreds of dollars and you need to replace them every few years to play the latest games. The games themselves cost quite a bit of money as well. This is why I like to use a service called Gamefly, and rent my games instead. (If you want to try out this service, here is a Gamefly Free Trial offer that lasts for a month.) Let's face it - there are very few games you play for years and years. In most cases, you play one for weeks or months then move onto the next game. A Gamefly membership allows you to try out as many games as you want.

So what's the catch. Well, the catch is that you need to purchase a monthly membership. But it's a flat price, currently starting at around 15 dollars. The other downside of Gamefly is that you have to wait for your games to be delivered to you (usually a few days). This wait time can be agonizing if you are dying to play a certain game.


Aside from Gamefly, one other thing I used to do is purchase my games, then sell them online one I got bored of them. The problem here is that each time you sell an old game, you will only get back about 60 or 70 percent of the retail price you paid. But still, it's better than just putting an old game on a shelf and letting it sit there collecting dust. And the good thing about this strategy is that you can buy new games the day they come out without having to wait for a video game rental service like Gamefly to send them out to you.


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