Category: Technology

First Steps in the Video Gaming Industry – The Brown Box

First Steps in the Video Gaming Industry – The Brown Box

The Brown Box

Let’s travel back in time to 1960s when the world’s, especially the United States’ homes, were overflown with televisions. This, at the time, new technology clicked the light bulb on top of Ralph Baer’s head, as he had an idea to use the technology and make a machine that will trigger the people’s interaction with the TV instead of just passively watching it.

While working for Sanders Associates Inc., Ralph, together with his co-workers Bill Harrison and Bill Rusch, were searching for a way to play games on the televisions, and they created several devices that were used for multiplayer gaming. The result, in 1969, was the “Brown Box”, which was a prototype for the first multiplayer video game system. They licensed the system to Magnavox, and three years later, in 1972, Magnavox Odyssey was released and sold across the United States and the rest of the World, creating a brand-new product which paved the way for all the other video game systems that came after it, and bringing gaming industry to a new level. This revolutionary move was supported by many people, funded by several organisations and companies, as it was obvious that something big can come out of this. The first Magnavox Odyssey a.k.a. the Brown Box was sold with two controllers, additional light gun that was already invented as an extra joystick, and 16 switches for the users to select which game they wanted to play.

 

The Chase

Baer had the idea, and with many helping hands, he made that idea a reality – but he needed a platform to work on to test the new devices that he, together with his team, was creating. The light shines on The Chase, which is officially the 1st game that was played on a video game console. This was a simple, two-player game that could be displayed on a standard television where two dots chased each other around the screen. He presented the idea to the director or R&D Herbert Campman, who decided to fund and join the project, sensing that something great will happen.

 

The Ping-Pong

Things were looking sharp at the company, and as every company, the guys were looking for new, innovative things. Not soon after The Chase was invented, a third, computer controlled dot was brought on screen, allowing the developers of The Brown Box to create the Ping Pong game. I am sure you’ve all seen it – Two controllers were required to play it, and the players were moving up and down while the ball, controlled by the computer, was travelling left and right. The goal was to touch the ball and bounce it back to the opponent, with “goals” counted at the top. After this very first computer controlled dot was invented, it was easy for Baer and his team to continue and invent new games where the computer had a role in it.

Video Game Technology to look out for in 2018

Video Game Technology to look out for in 2018

Every gamer is eager to find out what the next big video game technology innovation will be, what is the path that the technology developers have taken, and what to expect next from them. All of these and similar questions were answered in the annual game developer conference held in Brighton.

There are several topics to cover when we are talking about the future of the video game technology. Only one thing is certain – the path on which the future game technology is walking.

Without a doubt, the invention of the VR was a revolutionary move in the gaming industry– and that’s the path that the game developers have taken! Get ready jump inside the virtual reality while using this innovative gadget.

The VR is the main device that the game developers have put an accent to it is the device that will drive the gaming industry towards the future, and it is the device that hundreds of projects revolve around in the world at this very moment.

There are many advantages that are working together with the VR and drive it towards the top of the gaming technology in recent years. One of the main things is that your hands and feet are free, you can manoeuvre around while your eyes perceive the sensation of a virtual reality. Now, there are many projects working on sensors that will detect arm movement, and, depending on the game, they will be implemented inside the game. This technology is already out on the market with the VR Gloves, which is the primal idea and the father to the VR Hand sensors.

Another interesting thing is the VR Chair that is able to move all over the room, rotate, accelerate fast and drop to the ground, just like in the Assassins’ Creed movie device.

One of the latest video game technology innovations and projects circle around the biggest disadvantage that the VR gadget receiver – it is very isolating. Dave Raynard is one of the guys that took this issue in his hands and is working on a VR that will be social, transporting the user to another place where he can hang out and do cool things together with his friends. This may not seem like a great deal, but it has the power to bring together people who are on the complete opposite sides of the world or meet new people from those areas. Scientists say that 10 minutes in the same virtual room already connects you with the other person, and they are able to recognise each other by the way they move.

It is inevitable that the future of the video games will take us completely into the virtual world, and the more we lose the perception of the real world, the better our gaming time will be. Let’s just hope that there will be restrictions as some people may get lost inside it and forget about the real world. But imagine playing World of Warcraft in 1st person or get a taste of Doom and horror moves it can offer.

 

10 Best Video Game Controllers

10 Best Video Game Controllers

If you are a video game lover, you know that life is a lot easier with the right video game controller in your hands. There are some standard video game controllers adopted by many platforms and used for almost all games, but on the other hand, there are hundreds of games that require their own controllers to enhance and embrace the maximum out of the game. Here is a list of top 10 video controller games that, according to us, are the most interesting.

Hit-Box – If you play a game where you need to press several buttons at once and make multiple button combos, Hit-Box makes it look easy. With 11 small and one large button, accessibility has never been easier

NES Zapper – The second controller to come out of the NES bundle pack. This is one amazing gun that is still one of the most used video game controllers. It’s notable to say that it’s the weapon of choice for Captain N, the Game Master.

DDR Mat – There is absolutely no doubt that the Dance Dance Revolution was a hit back in the 90s and the 00s. This is one of the games that required their own controller, and that’s the DDR Mat. This is a controller that is placed on the ground and works in a way that you need to step on the buttons.

NES Power Pad – Another addition to the game that couldn’t be played without their own controller. The NES Power Pad could be only used for few games such as Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt and Track and Field. It has 12 buttons aligned in a 3×4 order that were pressed with the feet.

Guitar Hero Controller – As the game says, this controller is used only for the Guitar Hero game. It has the shape of a guitar with five buttons – same as the number of reels in the game. It can be used for other games as well, but due to its guitar shape, it is very inconvenient. On the other hand, it offers a great deal of satisfaction when used to play Guitar Hero.

PlayStation Move Wand – This is one of the most recent motion controller types, with a bubble on top of the stick that senses motion, with additional 6 buttons which are standard for the PlayStation Controller.

DS Touch Screen – A Handheld controller with a touch screen in the middle where you need to use a pen to draw on it. This is arguably a controller, but due to the functions that it can do, and are the same as other controllers, we decided to put it on this list.

Xbox One – One of the most used and well-known controllers is the Xbox One controller. With two analog buttons, one pointer button and 7 normal buttons, it simply adjusts to the grip of the hand, offering maximum enjoyment.

PS4 – The all-time competitor to Xbox – the PlayStation controller. A bit different position of the 2 analogs, 4 pointers and 7 buttons with an additional big button in the middle of the screen, they hold the never-ending battle among the video game controllers.

Keyboard & Mouse – Definitely the most used controllers worldwide. There is no need to explain them, as they speak for themselves.

How do you like our list? Would you add/remove anything from it?