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Technology: From the Past to the Future

JEFFREY S. MELTON JR. | 6/19/2014, 3:58 p.m.

Technology has evolved so much over the years, beginning way back during the creation of the wheel sometime before the 4th millennium. It was after the wheel, people continued in inventing things for everyday life and, to this very day, some of those very things are still being used.

One device only 42 years ago, that entertained both young and old people, is a modern form of technology. This device is the video game. As years have passed, video games have become a very popular way to past time, especially with large companies such as Microsoft developing new consoles as well as more and more new games.

Along with Microsoft, companies such as Sony and even Nintendo have developed extremely popular video game consoles such as the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PlayStation Portable (PSP), and even the GameBoy. It’s with these consoles that children and adults have enjoyed playing memorable games such as Super Mario Bros., Pokémon, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Characters iconic within the gaming industry are loveable to the hearts of gamers all over. Most adults feel as if video games are a waste of time for children who could be doing other things like studying, reading, or going outside and play.

Video games have been proven to be somewhat educational, especially with the developing of school related games exclusive to consoles like the PlayStation 1, Nintendo 64, and even the Sega Genesis and Dreamcast.

Games like Tetris, a highly popular puzzle game, challenged the minds of its players. It’s only nowadays that video games have taken a more violent turn in their lifetime. But as people, we have to understand that these are nothing but games. A harmless source of entertainment. Not only that, but little do people know, video games have been applied to many other technological marvels such as the very phones that lay snug in your pockets and the computers and laptops that sit in your homes or offices.

Now, companies have added online purposes such as PlayStation Network (PSN) for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox Live for the Xbox 360. With PSN or Xbox Live, players may use usernames and interact with other gamers from all around the world to play what they love: Games! Not only that, players may also purchase video games on their consoles and right from their very homes. These games being classics like Pac-Man to the latest of games like Grand Theft Auto.

Smartphone’s such as the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy each are capable of downloading apps created by various companies to play games that others would think are exclusive to home consoles. Not only that but with these phones you can access plenty of sites to help you with game play or gather information on the latest games to be released.

It is now 2014 and this year has been quite competitive between the largest and popular gaming developers such as Sony and Microsoft as their rivalry in the gaming industry has taken to their consoles. The PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Gamers have been asked this year as to which console will they side with and the decisions are indeed difficult.