National Video Games Day

Play some video games on #NationalVideoGamesDay. Source: Pixabay

12 September is National Video Games Day, a day created to honour all gaming devices, including PlayStations, PCs, Xbox, Gameboy and all the games we play on them.

Many of our life choices – from clothing to our taste in cuisine – have been influenced by gaming, as it has always been a big part of our culture. There are even restaurants whose themes are entirely dedicated to gamers and the games they love.

This day is dedicated to recalling this part of our culture and sharing it with fellow gamers – old and new – and today you are actually encouraged to get your game on!

The history of video games day is really the history of the video game, and it goes back much further than most people imagine. The first game ever created, was Bertie the Brain – a four-metre-high machine built on vacuum tube technology, which was designed for playing Tic-Tac-Toe (also known as Noughts and Crosses).

Bertie was not a very popular machine, sadly resulting in his disassembly and dumping. However a year later (1951) a computer called Nimrod was built, designed to play a game called Nim.

Following the humble beginnings of the video game, things continued to develop and advance, from the first hugely popular cabinet style, coin-operated games, to the first home-based consoles. The development of computers and video games continued in the years that followed, to the point where they are now an undeniable part of our culture.

Video games are now a diversion for all ages and a standard part of most people’s homes – far from the days when they were luxury items for the rich and elite.

Celebrating National Video Games Day is easy and fun: invite all the geeks and nerds that form part of your friendship circle, and play a bunch of video games! You can even go a step further and dig out some of your old consoles and play all your old time favourites. Make sure to share this experience with the newer and younger generation of gamers or friends who haven’t seen them before. You are also encouraged to use the opportunity to try that brand new game.

Alternatively, arrange a game play event at a local hall and invite a lot of people to get together to join in the fun – don’t forget the game-themed food, costumes and decorations – and travel down the path of digital reminiscence.

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Adéle Bloem

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