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Video Games

Uploaded by chyke...tx on Oct 03, 2002

In 1949, a young engineer named Ralph Baer was given an assignment to build a television set. He wasn't supposed to build just any television set, but one that would be the absolute best of all televisions. This was not a problem for Baer, but he wanted to go beyond his original assignment and incorporate some kind of game into the set. He didn't know exactly what kind of game he had in mind, but it didn't really matter because his managers nixed the idea. It would take another 18 years for his idea to become a reality, and by that time there would be other people to share in the glory, like Willy Higginbotham, who designed an interactive tennis game played on an oscilloscope, and Steve Russell, who programmed a rudimentary space game on a DEC PDP-1 mainframe computer. And then there was also Nolan Bushnell, who played that space game and dreamed of a time when fairground midways would be filled with games powered by computers. (Leo 1). Today, there are many kinds of video games from adventure to virtual reality and to sports. My favorites are NFL 2K1, Grand Theft Auto III and FIFA ‘99.

Simply put, NFL 2K1 is the best football game ever made. The gameplay, the players and the new options are all silky smooth. The graphics have much the same look as last years version, but with a whole different feel. The players now react much cooler, with an astounding amount of animations that take place before, during and after a play. A receiver will look to the crowd, with arms outstretched, acting disgusted with himself for dropping an easy pass. An offensive lineman will get in a pushing match with a defensive player after a play, to mention a few. (Jerred 2)

Grand Theft Auto III is a racing game but goes over the limit. It has been a favorite series for many gamers, not only because of the quality of the series, but because of the game's shocking over-the-top violence. Being an extremely gruesome game for its time, the original Grand Theft Auto was ridiculed by politicians and parents alike as being violent and inhumane. The series' third outing builds on to the formula which made its predecessors so popular and throws it all into a 3D world. The top down view is replaced by a more traditional 3rd person view and the...

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Uploaded by:   chyke...tx

Date:   10/03/2002

Category:   Science And Technology

Length:   3 pages (647 words)

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