When the Nintendo GameBoy was first released in 1989, it was a revolution in personal gaming. Up until that time, avid gamers were essentially stuck with their systems that needed to be plugged into a TV. Then, the GameBoy changed everything. Other handheld game systems came out around the same time, including Sega Game Gear, […]
What's Going on in Gaming Today?
Over the last 20 years, the popularity of video games has significantly increased, completely changing the entertainment industry.
With improvements in technology and the growth of Esports, video games have finally taken the center stage. With that growth, the need for smart and creative video game designers, developers, and artists has risen to an all-time high.
Games that used to take 3-10 people to create, now take more than 100 and costs tens of millions of dollars. Even games designed for mobile devices can take years to create. But with so much money on the line (billions), it's more important than ever to produce something special.
With all that's changing it can be a little difficult to figure out where you fit in. For those interested in getting an education, becoming a professional game designer, or making games from home, we've organized our gaming industry archives to help you take the next step.
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DOS was the original operating system for early Windows-based systems. DOS stands for Disk Operating System but was replaced once Windows XP launched. DOS games were those developed under this operating system. While some of the best DOS games can bring you back to wonderful memories of your younger years, they also laid the foundation […]
Video game graphics have changed so much in the last 20 years that it’s almost funny what our favorite games looked like in 2000. Let’s go back through history and take a look at how the graphics of gaming has evolved. Early Arcade Game Graphics Okay, so early arcade graphics aren’t exactly pleasant to look […]
The creation of more advanced artificial intelligence, or AI, leads to new and exciting possibilities in gaming. But how is AI used in video games today, and why are these advancements such a big deal? What is AI in Gaming? Artificial intelligence is programming that allows certain characters in a video game, such as non-playable […]
To have a career in game development requires many things. Passion, drive, and artistic vision come naturally to designers with dreams of one day releasing the next hit game. However, the business end of game development may not come as readily. Especially when it comes to licensing and copyright. These concepts seem complex and can […]
Gaming has become more than a hobby–it’s a lifestyle. Being able to share your gaming experiences with an audience can be a great way to express yourself and your creativity all while playing the games you love. For the most successful content creators, making gaming videos can also be very lucrative, but that doesn’t mean […]
RTS, or real-time strategy, is a genre of strategy video game where players build bases, combat units, and attempt to destroy opposing players or AI units to achieve victory. Through a mix of resource management, upgrading units, and vanquishing foes, players ideally create a vast army or empire to crush opposing forces, all in real-time. […]
What Are Pass and Play Games? Whenever we play games, it creates an atmosphere that fosters competition, teamwork, or simply pulls people in. Check out any Twitch streams to see how people flock to see people play various games. In the early days of gaming, a sense of community formed around things like multiplayer games, […]
A huge part of game design is taking cues from iconic titles over the years. While some game studios pop out clones of famous games, like the ill-fated, infamous string of so-called GTA-killers (Saint’s Row, Crackdown, etc.), the real mastery of effective game design is implementing tried and true methods to enhance your already existing […]
As a youngster in the early 2000s, I had scored a copy of Unreal Tournament. I played it for hours, feeling superior to everyone I beat. However, I soon found out that I wasn’t even connected to an Internet server. I had been playing against AI game bots. Needless to say, I was fooled. The […]
When we fork over our hard-earned money to play the newest, most impressive game title, we ideally want a game that will last us quite a while. With the more modern PlayStation and Xbox systems hitting the scene, this will become even more crucial. Both Sony and Microsoft end 15 straight years of $60 games […]
When Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone way back in 2007, we all probably didn’t imagine that Apple’s stab at a cell phone would rarely be used as a traditional telephone. Sure, we knew there would be fantastic tech advances. However, it seems like Apple’s foray into the cellular market was a technological milestone. Kind […]
Why is it that if you were to play a game on the brand new PS5, you’d likely not run into any graphical or performance issues compared to your CPU? Well, aside from games being designed within the framework of a console, there are dedicated amounts of GB of RAM for consoles. In contrast, your […]
Fighting games have played an integral role in the timeline of video games. They allow online players to beat each other to a pulp, friends to compete until the early hours of the morning, and video game players to test their skill against the AI. Since there are so many titles, we wanted to find […]
Whether it is the brand new Playstation 5, Xbox One, or an old-time PC, the dimensions video games have are varied and unique. No, not just the physical dimension. Sure, a game being 3D brings it to life over past 2D titles. However, so much more goes into a video game world than just what […]
We’ve all been bored; it’s just a way of life. However, have you ever tried picking out a game you wanted to play, and you couldn’t? Was nothing jumping out at you? We, gamers, aren’t limited to playing stuff like rock paper scissors and other antiquated games. This is especially important if you want to […]
If you have ever been in an intense multiplayer match against a formidable opponent, you know that you need every advantage available to you. That includes a great Gamertag. Yes, really. The last thing you want to do is finish an intense deathmatch, only for your opponent to see ‘MasterChief420 has killed you.’ MasterChief420? Ugh, […]
If you have never played an in-depth tabletop RPG game of something like Dungeons & Dragons, I highly recommend it. Why? Because it allows you to control the tempo of the game and play the way you want to. DnD characters in a fantasy setting can range from your standard human fighter to an Aarakocran […]
The Importance of 3D Game Assets From Super Mario 64 to the Ghost of Tsushima, the world of 3D games has been ever-evolving and revolutionary. That crucial third dimension has changed every aspect of game design and development. 3D game assets have morphed our 2D side-scrolling worlds upside down by adding the breathtaking third dimension […]
If you’re a budding game developer, chances are that you want to get right into the thick of it. Who wouldn’t want to? However, are you ready with the proper 2D game assets? Wait, Assets? Yes, gaming assets. These are basically everything from trees to characters that populate a game. It can be a lot […]
While we get to enjoy the finished product of a game designer’s hard work, chances are we don’t really explore what went into the game’s creation. Games are more than just pretty visuals and addicting questlines, gameplay mechanics, and multiplayer modes. Some of the critical aspects of a game are assets. But what are game […]
You and your party are deep in a dungeon. You’re low on potions, and everyone’s health is low. You don’t know what’s lurking behind the next corner, and there’s no going back. It could be a bountiful treasure chest or a vile monster. Situations like these may be familiar to some gamers. They’re the signature […]
When pursuing the settings of your go-to favorite PC game, there’s your standard set of options like audio options and more. You have probably noticed something called anti-aliasing in the graphics menu in particular. It includes a bunch of different options to modify your graphical quality. However, what does it actually do? It sounds impressive, […]
What better place to receive important game development knowledge than from the experts themselves? We wanted to see just what it took to not only become a game developer, but how to do it, and how to thrive in the industry. The 7 Important Questions We wanted to understand the role that gaming colleges play […]
What is Video Game Collecting? While at face value this might seem pretty straightforward, you have to remember that video games are a massive industry that’s been going for nearly 40 years now. That means that being a video game collector is no longer just about getting a hold of any game you can, but […]