Step Inside the Gamer's World


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Introduction:


Everything we do, everything we produce, and everything we consume is a work of art. So, are video games a work of art? Absolutely. I have been playing video games since the early 2000s, and they have become a really big part of my life.


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The world's created in video games, were inspired by some of the major fantasy and science fiction novels that came before them. Now, to give a specific example... There are writers such as (one of my own influences), Isaac Asimov. Asimov came to prominence in the late 1940s, and early 1950s. It's actually believed Isaac Asimov wrote over 600 stories in his life time.


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Asimov was a science fiction icon, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Following his popularity during the twentieth century, Asimov's work played a major role in the production of dystopian video games like "Wasteland" from 1988. I started playing video games back in the early 2000s, and my first console was the Nintendo GameCube.



During that point in my life, all I knew was Nintendo. So, ironically (remember, I was a kid) I would more or less judge other people if they were playing on Xbox or PlayStation 2. Of course, I would eventually play all of these consoles. Interestingly, there's something all video games have in common- even the less popular ones. Video games take us to a world that is not our own. Therefore, video games bring players to a world that is separate from our own reality- possibly as a means of escaping it.

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Personal Experiences with Video Games:


What makes video games a form of art? Besides digital illustrations and story telling, videos games bring people together. People celebrate their love for gaming. Furthermore, being part of this cultural hegemony is a beautiful thing. Before online gaming became as popular as it was, there was local multiplayer.


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Although online gaming has been around since the 1990s, it wasn't quite what we see today. Now to be more specific, online gaming really took off with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare back in 2007. This game was a pretty big deal, and established online gaming as the "next big thing".


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However, let's look at 2003/2004. This was a time when people were still playing local multiplayer, as this was one of the only options unless you were playing on PC. Well, there was also the concept of the orginal Xbox Live. Whichever way you played, video games have always brought people together.


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My uncle married this woman in 2004, and she already had two kids. Before that, I spent a lot of time with those kids anyway. They were around my age, actually a little bit older. It was because of them, I started playing video games. The base model of the Nintendo GameCube had four slots, which allowed four controllers to be used. Of course, there was also the option of using an adapter so more people could play.




It was usually on Friday or Saturday nights, my parents would go to my uncle's house. They would play cards, drink beers, and have something to eat. Normal things that adults do, right? As for us kids, the concept of "bring your controller" played a major role here. We would play games like "Mario Party 5", and actually be up until like 12:00 a.m. playing video games.



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We didn't have school the next day, so it was great. Another thing to point out, is how durable to Nintendo GameCube was. I dropped my controller in my driveway several times. No damage at all. If someone dropped their Nintendo Switch, they would probably cry. I know I would. Video games bring people to a world which isn't their own. However, it becomes their own in the process. Video games are beautiful, I know for a fact that I will always be a lover of this art form.


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