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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

“Video Games, Not Just for Nerds Anymore!”

There is not much that helps me blow off some steam like the way video games do. Hearing the fans spin up on the console, feeling the controller in my hand, knowing that now only I have the ability to save the world from certain destruction. OK... so the word is out, Nick is a nerd...oh well it was only a matter of time I guess.

It would seem that I am actually not alone in my endeavors. In a recent study about 65% of households play video games, 26% of gamers are over the age of 50 and 2 of every 5 are female. No longer is gaming reserved for those willing to take the time to memorize how many health points a level 17 wizard has. In fact more and more developers are creating games, and entire systems for that matter, determined to break the mold of traditional gaming.

Take a look at Microsoft's latest release. The Kinect, is a 3D camera that plugs into an Xbox-360 and allows the user control their dashboard, and play games without ever having to hold a traditional controller. I recently picked one up, and now I have to fight with my wife to play, now keep in mind that she “hates video games,” and doesn’t know the difference between an analogue stick and a d-pad.

Now we can’t talk about video games and NOT talk about the game that is setting the standard for mobile gaming on devices like the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Angry Birds, is a puzzle game developed by Rovio-Mobile, where the player launches birds at some pigs who stole the birds’ eggs. Sound silly I know, but after selling more than 12 million copies of the game since its release in 2009, Angry Birds has become a cultural phenomena. Even my mom has a copy of the game.

There are still those gamers out there who take video games seriously...very seriously, and as long as developers keep making games like Halo and Call Of Duty there will be myself who will buy them. But in the market of people who would consider themselves casual gamers, developers are trying to find the right combination of fun, addictive game-play and ease of use.

So dust off those Wii, Playstation, Xbox, or maybe even Atari controllers, or grab your iPhone, iPod, or Droid, and get your game on!

Nick DeBeauvernet

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