By: Chris A
First there was the Magnavox Odyssey, and as technology has advanced over the years it brought us other consoles such as Nintendo, Sega, and Game Boy. It has been almost 40 years since the first home video game console was released in 1972, and a lot has changed since then to get them to where they are today. The main video game consoles that we know of now are the Playstation 3, XBOX 360, and the Wii. These three are the most dominant ones that make up the video game console industry today.
The newer versions of these video game consoles can do just about anything and everything that you could possibly want them to do. This was something that was not even possible just 10 years ago with earlier generations of these consoles. When you compare them to what they were almost 40 years ago with the first console, we can truly see how much they have evolved since then. They have come such a long way from just being able to control a ball and a paddle with a joystick and a couple of buttons. It’s somewhat hard to believe that the modern video game consoles today came from this simple idea so many years ago, and have evolved so much from then.
In the past, video game consoles were solely for the use of video games, but now they serve as a platform for so many other things with some that are not even video game related. So many things that are a part in our culture are all placed in this one platform for us to access. The purpose of owning a video game console has dramatically changed from the past because video games are no longer the only reason to own one. The majority of households in the U.S. now own a video game console, with many owning more than one. The main three consoles are similar in many ways, but they are also different from each other in a way where certain capabilities are only available on specific consoles. This helps to ensure that there is always something that will appeal to a wide range of audience.
Every console allows you to have a unique experience that is different with each console. A recent study found that 40% of all gamers were females, so this tells me that they are becoming more interested in videos games because this number was dramatically lower years ago. Is it the video games that they are more interested or is it because they are attracted to the enhanced experience that playing video games now provides? I think that it has more to do with the experience that you can now get when you play video games. The elements of being able to play online with your friends and being able to talk to them at the same time definitely adds to the experience.
As I mentioned earlier, video game consoles have different advantages from one another, and I think that this is a key into why they are at their peak in popularity. There is simply just something available for everyone and you can get so much use out of them. Different consoles provide experiences that can appeal to certain audiences. The same study shows the difference in primary consoles between male and female players, and the numbers show that gender does play a part in which console they choose to play. The primary consoles for female players were 11% for XBOX 360, 80% for the Wii, and 9% for the PS3. The primary consoles for male players came in at 39% for XBOX 360, 41% for the Wii, and 21% for the PS3. I think that female players are so much more in favor of the Wii because it allows for more physical interaction then the XBOX 360 and PS3 does where many of the games revolve around action and shooting type games. These types of games also play a big factor in males choosing more of the other consoles because they tend to support more of these types of games.
If you want to watch a movie, then get a PS3. If you want to get in shape, then buy a Wii. As you can see, there are so many reasons other than video games themselves that attract us towards these consoles. Why buy one thing when you can have a console that will do so many things for you all in one. The video game industry is a multibillion dollar industry that is only getting stronger as technology is advancing. I’m curious to see how much more these video game consoles can provide us, and it will be interesting to see what new additions will be made when the newer generations of these consoles come out in the future.