Studylist of the Week: Gaming

Video games have come a long way since Pong and the Atari.  3-D graphics, more elaborate stories, online multiplayer collaboration, and motion-sensing controllers are just a few features that make games better than ever before.

The Gaming studylist showcases some of the newest games out there and their ever-changing creativity and technological breakthroughs that keep us glued to the screen for hours.

Video games used to be just for kids.  Games like Super Mario and Tetris were simple and brightly colored, and required a level of skill that kids could develop.  Less-than-stellar animation and rudimentary graphics meant that even the more violent games at least didn’t look realistic.

As the gaming generation grew older and technology advanced, however, games targeted specifically to teens and adults began to appear, including intricate fantasy games like Final Fantasy, extremely violent games like Grand Theft Auto, and horror games like Resident Evil.

As gaming technology continues to develop, companies have to stay new and interesting to keep up.  Nintendo created the Wii, a console with motion-sensing controllers.  Microsoft invented Kinect, which follows the movements of the entire body.  Sony incorporated blu-ray technology into its Playstation 3.

What will they think of next?

In L.A. Noire, you play a detective in 1940s Los Angeles, solving crimes and chasing bad guys.

The game uses a methodical pace and gripping dialogue to create a rich, complex. environment that is capable of holding the attention of its player.


The new Nintendo 3DS uses its two screens to create a three-dimensional image that can be seen without the aid of special 3-D glasses.

This act of creating something new has placed the 3DS at the top of the ranks in hand-held gaming systems.


In Call of Duty: Black Ops, you play a member of a secret and concealed government agency, the CIA or Special Forces.

Your mission: Track down a top-secret Soviet chemical weapon code known as Nova-6.


The Sims 3 takes the Sims to a whole new level, with more freedom to choose your Sims’ careers, families, houses, personalities, and life stories.

The Sims’ playful conduct that often causes trouble is sure to be magnified in a world with fewer rules and restrictions!


From massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) to the newest rendition of Mario Kart that lets you hold the controller like a steering wheel and from realistic war games to pro sports simulators, video games take full advantage of 21st century technology.  We can only wonder what’s in store for the next generation of gamers.

Virtual Reality?

Are you a gamer?  Do you have any news stories about gaming, changing technology, or new games to share?  Let us know in the comments!

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