The History Of Gaming (Part III)

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Video games are quite possibly the largest form of entertainment today. The field dominated entertainment relatively quickly as mentioned in our previous articles.

Long before gaming giants Sega and Nintendo moved into the sphere of online gaming, many engineers attempted to utilize the power of telephone lines to transfer information between consoles. 

In The Early 1990s

Real advances in “online” gaming wouldn’t take place until the release of 4th generation 16-bit-era consoles in the early 1990s, after the Internet as we know it became part of the public domain in 1993. Satellaview was released by Nintendo in Japan in 1995. 

The Satellaview was not really a console, but was an interesting add-on for the Super Famicom. Using satellites, the system allowed users to download games, news, and cheats directly to their console. Even though broadcasts lasted until 2000, the technology never made it out of Japan to the international market.

The Release of Runescape In 2001 Was A Game Changer

The release of Runescape in 2001 was a game changer. Runescape was a browser-based 3D Java online-only continuous game in which you possess a character with an inventory and skills. Even though they may now look antiquated, these games continue to enjoy enormous popularity among gamers. 

Since the early 2000s, internet capabilities have proliferated and computer processor technology has advanced at such a rapid rate that each new generation of consoles, games, and graphics seems to outperform the one before it. 

Online storefronts such as Xbox Live Marketplace and the Wii Shop Channel have totally changed the way people buy games, update software and communicate and interact with other gamers, and networking services like Sony’s PSN have helped online multiplayer gaming reach unbelievable new heights. 

Online multiplayer gaming had become an essential component of the experience by the time the Xbox 360 was released, notably “deathmatch” games played against millions of peers around the world for games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare. These days, a lot of video games contain an online component that greatly enhances gameplay and involvement, often superseding the importance of the player’s offline game objectives.

The Move Towards Mobile Gaming

The birth of mobile games was not a major event in history, but the mobile games industry has grown immensely over the years with over 900,000 active games in App Stores according to multiple sources. Thus, rapid developments in mobile technology over the last decade have created an explosion of mobile gaming. When the snake game was launched, it became a global phenomenon, first because of its simplicity and second because it could be played by persons of all ages. However, the snake game, which has been downloaded onto more than 400 million smartphones worldwide, holds the record for being the most played game in history.

When candy crush was launched in 2012, it became the most popular modern mobile game. It was closely followed by the clash of clans and other mobile games. However, in 2014, the mobile phones industry went through an evolution leading to the development of better phones with higher capabilities to drive sophisticated games. Since 2014, mobile games have seen immense growth as developers seek to outdo each other. From 2D and 3D phones, we have mobile games giving 4K displays and having complex gameplay to keep gamers stuck on mobile phones playing. 

When Apple launched its iOS app store, developers were equipped to develop more sophisticated games in the form of apps and could sell to reach out to more audiences. This move prompted rivalry among creators, leading to the release of intriguing game genres. 

Today, we have a thriving mobile game industry worth over 135 billion dollars. As the data from 2021 shows, the number of games in the world was estimated at 2.96 billion. Games developed today are compatible with both android and iOS platforms to increase their accessibility. When Apple released its first iPhone, it changed the mobile phone industry for good. Their sophisticated hardware and software offered fertile ground for developers to create more engaging games. The app store also helped mobile game developers to earn from their work as they had direct interaction with users. Around the same time, android smartphones and app stores kicked off and more users could access more and better games. 

The growth in mobile game development is expected to rise with interesting products expected to hit the market. As such, mobile game developers need to take time to research futuristic strategies and approaches that will make their products relevant.

Disclaimer: All information provided in the content is for informational purposes only and should not be perceived as investment, financial, or trading advice. Any investment decisions you make should be based on your personal preferences, financial expertise, and market research.‍


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