Back when video games first came out, there was Atari, and it came with games like Pac Man, Galaga, Millipede, and more. These games weren?t very expensive, and many households, despite their income, bought them for their kids.
Nowadays, there are numerous types of video games for several game systems. These modern game systems are a lot more expensive, making it difficult for every household to purchase them for their children. There is even a game system, the Nintendo Wii, which makes playing games feel like you?re actually on screen playing. If you are playing a bowling game on the brand-new Nintendo Wii, you actually roll a real bowling ball, and at the same time, you see yourself on the screen, actually playing. It?s a real technological advance! And it?s very fun and exciting for children as well as adults.
There are many different games for these various game consoles, such as football, basketball, baseball, and a real favorite for many people, Nascar. In the Nascar game, you can setup your own car, by choosing different tracks, just like you?re actually on a real race track. You can adjust the track bar on the car and change tires, and then it?s like you?re actually racing for the Nextel Cup, in real life. The graphics on these games are unreal, and it?s just like watching a game or TV. You choose the team that you want, and play someone else. Also, you can customize your game, and that is fun, too, especially when you?re beating your opponent.
There are also tournaments on these video games, especially the football and basketball ones. They will have up to a hundred people or more involved in these tournaments, and whoever wins first, second and third place wins prize money. There is also a show on ESPN that has actual tournaments, with the first prize being $100, 000. That certainly is a lot of money just to play a game on television. But there are so many people who practice frequently, just to be able to be part of such a tournament. They must figure out different defenses for their players, and the same for the offense. So, as you can say, video game playing is a billion dollar industry. And it?s obvious that they?re not just for kids, because what kid is going to be on ESPN? Not many, because most parents wouldn?t allow it.