Video gaming industry booms during holiday season

Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE  –Video gaming development and its customer base have boomed over the past decade due to supply and demand especially over the holiday season.

Madden 2012, the latest football hit in the multi-million dollar franchise has filled sports enthusiasts with the latest hype to jump behind a control and
get straight into the action.  Available on both Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3 consoles, the action of modern day graphics tied to instantaneous
commentary allows gamers to feel completely enveloped in the atmosphere of each event. Grossmont College student Jamal Gooden, an avid and daily Madden player, says “I’ve played Madden since I was 5.  I play at least three to four games online everyday.  Madden and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are my favorite games.”

Madden is just one of many high expectation games dropping during the 4th quarter of 2011.  Many other highly valued titles such as Battlefield 3,
Modern Warfare 3, Saints Row the Third and Skyrim, the latest edition in the highly accredited Elder Scrolls series, are going to be on many peoples
Christmas lists this December.

The video game industry has existed since the revolutionary “Pong” classic, but didn’t really boom through consoles until Nintendo.  Now there are
gargantuan companies building virtual worlds which allow consumers to exist in parallel universes, drive as fast as you want, do things you shouldn’t, or even
play the role of someone else to an extent.

Gaming has branched from simple platforms to virtual reality.  With the option of using motion mimicking software, tools and equipment, the ideas and
expectations from some of these prospective developing companies are almost limitless.  Motion tracking has become almost standard in the industry
especially with the recent releases of Microsoft’s Kinect, Playstation’s Move motion capture senses.  Nintendo’s Wii wireless system has already been on the
market for several years which also inspired the other companies to jump on the bandwagon and innovate the gaming world.

This fall you can expect to see newly released blockbusters to retail between $49.99 and $59.99.  However, it’s not always about the cost, but the joy and priceless smiles receiving these gifts bring.  Not to mention the endless hours of time newer generations put into these titles.  So if a loved one has one of these highly acclaimed titles on their list this Christmas it is suggested that you research ahead of time, not only to beat crowds, but to ensure the best deal as well.

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Jeitlere is features editor of the GC Summit. He may be contacted at [email protected]