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Video Games: History, Benefits, Varieties, and Costs.

big business
                        “WE’RE HUGE AND WE ARE WORLDWIDE”

Video gaming is a big business and it is here to stay. It is part of our American culture, especially, with people who grew up with them. Video games have been part of our lives for decades. Video games can enhance people’s lives of any age, especially, older folks like myself (I am sixty-one).

I hope this website helps people understand how video games for adults and kids can be helpful, informative, educational, improve our minds and bodies, or just have some plain fun.

VR
            “I’M THE GAME”

New studies are also showing the benefits for kids and older adults as well. Video games for seniors can be very helpful as we age. For kids, video games can be a useful learning tool if properly applied.

I want to explore the evolution of video games. I will examine how the various usages of video games can affect our lives, both in positive ways and negative ways.

We will not only look at usages but also look at the benefits of video gaming. I will explore how they affect our minds, our bodies, and other areas of our lives.

There is an amazing variety of games today, as well as different consoles or computers. Gamers have total control over what they want to play or purchase.

Also, we need to look at the money side, especially for people on a limited income (Kids and grandparents). We’ll examine the costs and the requirements to have a pleasurable and fun experience without breaking the bank.

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    “THE JOURNEY BEGINS”

So I hope you enjoy this journey with me. I want to do everything I can to make this website the very best. May I grow as it grows. Thank you very much, Grandpa, johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods.

History of Video Games:

Video gaming started while I was still playing with a rattler.

I was born in 1956. The history of video gaming dates back as far as the early 1950s.

One of the early games was Spacewar. It was developed by a group of computer scientists as part of their research.

Video gaming became very popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Video arcade games, home gaming consoles, and advancement in computer gaming became a major form of our entertainment and part of our cultural fabric.

In the 1970s, first-generation consoles introduced a game called “Pong”. It was originally manufactured by Atari (A major pioneer and contributor to the gaming industry). It was first introduced in 1972. This was my first experience with video games. I loved it.

        “A 7-11 FAVORITE”

Companies like Atari, Apple, Sega, and Intellivision were pioneers in the gaming industry. People were able to play on their home TVs. No more saving every quarter you could get your hands on and hang out at the local 7-11 for hours.

In the 1980s, Nintendo released a hand-held portable gaming system called Game & Watch. Video games were now mobile.

Around 1983 third generation consoles (8-bit), Nintendo and Sega, hit the scene. In 1987, (16-bit) fourth generation consoles arrived. Graphics got better and more realistic.

In the 1990s, innovations in video games changed the industry. 3D graphics created drastic changes in game designing. Handheld gaming changed were we play. We no longer had to be in front of our TVs or computers. New genres arose like first-person shooters, real-time strategy, and MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online).

Video gaming graphics continue to improve with 32 and 64-bit consoles (1993-2005) with Sony and Microsoft getting in “The Game” (Ha Ha).

Fast forward to today, we are now playing eighth generation consoles. Fierce competition between the big three, (Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony) and PCs continue to improve our gaming experience.

Video gaming has come a long way. The future is very interesting, especially, with virtual reality games in its infant stages. A VR gaming system is definitely on my wish list. (Santa, I will be good)

I am so excited. Please join me on this exciting adventure with an old kid who still loves playing video games. “May the Force be with us”. Let’s go “Gaming with Grandpa”.

Usages/Benefits of Video Games:

    “MOVE TO THE GROOVE”

Healthcare:

Versions of video games can be part of a doctor’s surgical training. They can help a patient be more adherent to treatment regimens.

They are part of education for medical students, doctors, and patients. This benefits everyone involved, especially the patients.

Video game simulators can be tailor-made for different diseases or injuries, which can only help with the quality of one’s life. Virtual reality systems may be very useful in this area of healthcare.

            “THIS IS FUN”

Positive Effects of Video Games on Children:

Critical thinking increases. Problem-solving improves.

Gaming helps with social development according to a study by Psych Central. People from any part of the world can work together with others to solve tasks and go on different quests.

Video games are highly motivating for children with Autism. They provide stress-free opportunities for successful learning.

Educational:

MOMS and DADS, your kids can make a living from their gaming “PASSION”.

Not all video games are mindless. Educational games are becoming a motivational tool in the classrooms.

Children can learn math, basic grammar, anticipate movements, and improve spacial-relationship skills as a result of video games.

Hand-eye Coordination:

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      “PUSH THE X BUTTON GRANDMA”

Playing sports is not the only way to improve hand-eye coordination. At Deakin University in Australia, researchers found kids who play interactive video games have better motor skills than kids who don’t play them.

Even skills such as kicking, catching or throwing a ball can improve in children who play video games.

Emotional Outlet: 

Venting frustration or anger in a game may help diffuse stress or pressure, especially in kids who are not into football or other aggressive sports.

Both violent and non-violent games can have a relaxing, almost meditating effect on children.

stressed
                “I’M CALM!”

Most adults need stress-relieves as well. Instead of smacking our neighbor or co-worker, just pop in a copy of “Mortal Kombat” and start opening a can of whoop-ass on your virtual enemy.

Not just for Kids, Grandparents:

All these positives effects of video gaming for children can also apply to older adults who play video games.

In addition, video games can bring grandparents and grandkids together. Having fun with my granddaughter, Sierra is some of my most enjoyable moments. She kicks my butt most of the time, but we always have fun.

Varieties of Consoles/PC and Games:

Consoles/PC:

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     “NAME YOUR SYSTEM”

Let’s start with the big three consoles that dominate the market today (They are all good).

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1. Microsoft (Xbox) offers a lot of great games. Their “Halo” franchise is still going strong in its continuing saga of intergalactic warfare.

2. Sony (PlayStation) is also a major player in the gaming industry with hits like, “God of War”, “Spiderman”, and “Horizon: Zero Dawn” (Beautiful game with mechanical dinosaurs).

3. Nintendo (Wii) has a lot of good games for kids or families. A couple of their exclusive titles include “The Legend of Zelda” and the classic, “Mario Brothers” series.

4. Most households have a computer (any brand of computer will work) of some form today. A lot of the games which are available for consoles are also playable on your home or handheld computers.

Today’s computers are very powerful and the graphics are very good. Two very popular PC games are “World of Warcraft” or “Diablo III: Reaper of Souls”.

Resource link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_console

Games: 

The selection of games is massive and grows every year. You can play any sport from Olympic events to throwing the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl, or hitting the game-ending home run in the World Series, or shoot the winning 3-pointer in game seven of the NBA finals.

        “A LOMBAX AND A ROBOT, HEROS OF THE GALAXY”

Players can take on the identity of their favorite comic book superheroes like “Batman”, “Superman”, or “Sonic the Hedgehog”. You can even play the villain. The dark forces of Darth Vader await you, “My Son”.

You can fly jets or WWII fighter planes. A player can drive tanks or charge into battle saddling the finest of Arabian steeds.

You can get into the driver’s seat of powerful race cars, boats, or motorcycles without the worry of dying in a fiery crash. Just hit “RESTART”.

Take on the personality of a warrior, a knight, a cartoon character, a detective, an animal, or a king building a virtual empire. The worlds to explore are unlimited and breathtaking.

             “WHO ARE YOU? I’M BATMAN”

The gaming choices are endless. Whatever your fancy, there is probably a game for it.

The artwork in some games is worthy of display in some of the finest of museums in the world.

Stories and dialogues rival many Oscar-winning movies.

Let me quote a line from the movie, “Conan, the Barbarian” (You can play him too). “Let me take you to a time of high adventure”.

Join me, my fellow gamers and shout out our battle cry, “LET’S GAME”.

Becoming a Videogamer: Cost and Requirements:

big old computers
     “I CAN’T FIT THIS IN MY ROOM”

Having a TV is a good start, especially, a big screen. Game characters are bigger than life on a seventy-inch, high-resolution television. But having a TV is not always a requirement for gaming because of the hand-held game systems. You can play on your phone, or your tablet, or your computer.

Pricing can vary for today’s consoles. New ones can be purchased for a few hundred dollars. Refurbished ones are available for a fraction of the full retail cost.

Pawns shops are a great place to pick up good used systems. eBay is another source for finding affordable consoles or computers. Shop around to get the best deals.

Options for getting good games is endless. New games can cost forty to sixty dollars. For me, this is still a good deal. It takes me months to finish a game (Remember, I’m not that good at my gaming). I get my money’s worth.

   “SHOW ME THE MONEY”

Older games are usually offered at discounts (Sometimes more than half off). You can trade with friends. Pawn shops are an affordable way to save on games as well as consoles/PC.

Stores (Gamestop, Walmart, or Best Buy) have great deals during the holidays, especially Christmas. The internet is also a valuable resource for finding games at good prices.

Video gaming is very affordable for everyone. Be sure to take your time, do research, or just talk to your kids or grandkids for gaming advice. They will love to help you become part of the gaming world. Please check out another post of mine that goes more into details about the video gaming cost. https://gamingwithgrandpa.com/video-gaming-cost-the-bottom-line 

Grandpa, johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods!

I hope this post has been helpful. I enjoyed putting it together and have learned a lot myself. Please feel free to reply with any thoughts or comments. Maybe you could share some favorites moments about your own gaming experiences. I would love to hear about them.

                      “HANS, I GOT THIS”

Video games have grown a lot over the years. We have gone from hitting a tennis ball in “Pong” to flying the “Millennium Falcon” in Star Wars. The future of gaming is so exciting.

Benefits and usages from video games grow as we grow. Our health, our thinking, our education, our motor skills, and our relationships will, hopefully, improve as we learn more about this expanding technology.

We can play games that were unheard years ago. The different choices of games today are endless.

Most people already have a TV, a computer, a phone, a friend or a family member who can help them get started.

Also, video gaming costs are very reasonable compared to other things in our lives.

Let’s face it, video games are not going away. They have become a huge part of our digital galaxy. So, I say, “Let’s have some fun”. If you have any comments please leave below or email me at johnny@gamingwithgrandpa.com

soaring-eagle
                       “FLY HIGH, FLY FREE”

Let’s buckle up in our virtual spaceship and explore this magical universe or sweep across the lands of high adventure.

“Let’s Game”

free-wolf
                                 “RUN WILD, RUN FREE”

48 thoughts on “Video Games: History, Benefits, Varieties, and Costs.

  1. This is a very fun site! Lots to learn here. I too, grew up with video games and remember our first game of Pong, on the Atari that my dad brought home. Boy! Have games come a long way since then! Thanks for taking the time to share this with us!

    • Hi Shelli, thanks again for all your help. I took your advice and made the necessary changes to my post. I have started adding images, this is a blast to do. I am having so much fun.
      I looked at your website, iorganizeyourlife.com. Very good. Tons of helpful information. Well organized (Good idea having that part of the title). It shows you have put a lot of time and effort on your website. Good job. If had anything to say and this is just me. I was wondering if you could have contrasting pictures or videos. Maybe have images of homes, offices, or work areas in complete chaos and compare them to what they could look like by following your ideas or advice. I think that would add some humor most people could relate to in their own lives. I know I would.
      One last thing, maybe some more color or some kind of images at the top. Something to make it pop out more than the black.
      I am so new to this. I hope my comments are helpful, I know yours have been for me.
      Good luck and we will keep in touch. Let me know if I can help in any way. Johnny

  2. Hi
    I love video games especially the platform games, i think the older generation would really enjoy playing these apart from the violent ones.
    We have a vr and they are out of this world, so real , i would deffo reccomend one:)
    You are right about the health care side of it for video games and educating medical students etc.
    I love pac man that was one of my childhood games and space invaders, brings it all back:)
    All i can say is happy gaming grandpa and hope santa gets you your vr 🙂

    • Hi Sharon, thanks for your input, very helpful and encouraging. I really feel i am on the right track with this. Thanks again for your comment. I wish you the best in all you do. johnny

  3. I never had a gaming Grandpa. I can say you are really a cool person. My dad is 65 and he is gaming with his PS2. It is good because it keeps the mind healthy, keeps it thinking. Do you play VR too? Those equipment is so expensive. I wish I can afford them.

    • Hi Kit, as far as VR, I want to one day. I just can’t afford it yet. I hope to get one soon (Santa are you listening). Good for your dad. What kind of games does he like to play? 

      Thanks for your comments. I don’t know how cool I am, but I am a kid at heart. 

      johnny

  4. Hi There Grandpa, i’m also one, and i am amazed at the technology now that gaming has embraced and the visuals are nothing short of spectacular. one of my favourites and one i didn’t see you mention was space invaders. how good was it when it first came out but it has been left behind by miles by the stuff that my grandsons play today.

    Who would have thought our motor skills and our thinking may be improved by this technology. you have a wonderful site it was very interesting, well done.

    Thanks Shane.      

    • Hi Shane, I played Space Invaders too. Even though it is an older game it is still fun to play. Thank you for the comments. johnny

  5. Absolutely  love your title and graphic!  This is a well-written article and very organized.  Makes me want to start gaming myself (67);  however, right now WA is my time focus.  I’m going to refer back to your article in the future for tips and games to try!  Thanks for sharing this information with us!

    • Hi Sharon, I am glad you enjoyed the post. I agree we need to focus on our mission at WA. I am still in the building stages of my our website. Thank you so much for your comments. johnny

  6. Great post on a great site. It reminds me of when I was playing ps4 and my grandfather came and date and watched me playi, and I handed him the dual shock and he actually just tried it out! He never complained, or said he was too old he just gave it a go (Assadins Creed Unity if you’re wondering)

    It is great that you are able to see the value of video games and have shared this with others. I think video games have more of a positive impact than a negative one. Video games can provide a brilliant adventure or fun escape for a short while before returning to the harsh real world.

    • Hi Renton, I love the Assassins Creed series. The character movement is amazing. Good for your grandpa. I agree video games can be positive. Reality can be harsh. Thanks for your input. I feel like I am on the right track with this website. johnny

  7. Hey Johnny-  Great trip down memory lane for gamers.  I too remember Pong…and some other early ones that were my favorites were Tank, Gran Tran 10, Space War, Breakout, and Gun Fight.   Very basic graphics…but so fun.

    You mentioned how there are some good educational (developmental) video games for children.  In your research have you come across a few good hand held systems for kids to recommend?

    • Hi Tim, just go online and Google “educational video games” or “handheld video game systems”. I am sure something will come up to point you in the right directions. I know Nintendo (called Switch) and PlayStation (called PSP-PlayStation portable) have handheld systems. Thank you for your comments. I hope this helps. Let me know how your search goes. johnny

  8. I am a fan of video games and I used to play more than 4 hours per day (Good old days). Now, however, things have changed and my life has became so busy that I can only play at the weekends. I didn’t know the history of video games go back to 1950. It is very interesting for me because I didn’t exist at that time.

    I think the exciting future of video gaming is virtual reality. Do you agree?

    • Hi Albert, I agree, VR is one of the next big things happening in video gaming. PlayStation has a VR system that works with the PlayStation 4. It already has over 200 games you can play. Another one is the Oculus VR. It looks pretty good. T

      I don’t really spend a lot of time playing either. Like you said, life keeps us busy. It is nice on weekends when you can spare an hour or so to go beat up some zombies or fly a jet. 

      Thanks for you comments. johnny

  9. Hi Grandpa, this is a very informative site about videogames and the best ways to use them. I like the approach about how much you can actually learn from them. Often you hear about parents who have to take away pc and mobiles from their kids, because they use it all the time. I like you point out how much fun you can have together across generations. I am impressed about your knowlegde in this topic. I think this site will inspire a lot of peolpe. Good work Grandpa. Linda

    • Hi Linda, with anything in our lives, we can abuse them, even PCs or video games. If kids are spending most of their time playing video games then that is a problem. There has to be a balance. Thank you for your comments. johnny

  10. I do agree that the percentage of grandpa who’s into playing video games are rapidly increasing recently, though playing video games are not most grandpa are keen getting into, It does have benefit from playing video games. Benefits included are it do activate mind and body as well as improve and develop social connectedness.

    • Hi Glenda, I agree probably most grandparents are not interested in video games. But like you said some do. Probably most grand kids are not interested in what hobbies their grandparents are into either. Maybe it can be a give and take from grandparents and grand kids. Hopefully, by taking interest in what each other enjoy doing, then the relationship will grow. Maybe they can find a common ground between the old and the young. I know when my granddaughter visits we have a lot fun playing video games, but we have fun doing other things too. Thank you so much for your comments. johnny

  11. First of all i must commend your website background as being unique. Its amazing to know that games strengthen the intelligence quotient of children and whoever plays it. I also have the Sony play station 2 console and also i used to have the Nintendo game also back then where my favorite game was super Mario while growing as a kid. I always loved fighting games also, especially Mortal Kombat (though i will suggest parents get more of educational games for their children). Thanks for this educational piece, would be expecting to get more of your subsequent posts.

    • Hi Dapoach, 

      Good comments. 

      It is interesting you mentioned the background of my website. I just recently changed the theme of my website. I spent a whole day finding this theme. It was worth the time and effort. The previous one was too bland and uninteresting. The new black background seems to make the colors pop out from the computer screen. I love it. It looks more like an artist’s tapestry than a website. 

      I still have a PlayStation 2. I love playing one my all time favorite video games on this system, “Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies”. Being in the cockpit of a fighter jet is so cool. The roar of the engine and watching missiles hit their targets is still a blast. 

      I like fighting games as well. I’m not that good at them. I am just hitting buttons hoping I find the right combinations to defeat my opponent. However, It is still a lot of fun. 

      Thank you for your thoughts, Dapoach. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  12. This is the first post I’ve really appreciated since joining wealthy affiliate. I’ve loved games since I could understand myself, I gives me joy it keeps me calm and he help when am depressed, it’s benefits to me are limitless. Since Sony released their first console I’ve been biased to it, so much that I haven’t touched any other console since its arrival. 

    • Hi Nathaniel, 

      Thank you for your compliment about my post. That was so sweet and encouraging. 

      Playing video games does the same thing for me. It brings me joy and pleasure as it does you. 

      I do see your point about being biased toward PlayStation games. They have some amazing exclusive titles. I have the new “God of War”. But my favorite, for now, is “Horizon: Zero Dawn”. This game is beautiful. Breathtaking scenery. Enriching story. Playing as “Alloy”, a female warrior battling mechanical dinosaurs is very challenging and fun. I want to get the new “Spiderman”. 

      Xbox has some good exclusive games as well, like the “The Halo Series”. So does Nintendo. I want to play the “Mario Kart Racing game”. 

      Maybe one day, You and I will have them all. 

      Good to hear from you, Nathaniel.

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

        

  13. Nice article and informative post you have there about playing games and it benefit .

    this is my first time of reading about the history of game how it came to be. Have play both Nintendo and Sega in the past

    they are popular games of their time. But right now I play mostly ps4 .thanks for the posting this article, I wish you can post more of article about games

    • Hi ajibola40,

      Thank you for your comments. 

      I still like playing retro games related to Nintendo and Sega. I am a big fan of the exclusive titles to PlayStation 4 like “Spiderman”, “God of War”, and “Horizon: Zero Dawn” (I love playing this one). 

      I do plan on adding reviews and videos about video games in the future. I am still in the building process of my website. I want to have quality content on my website before I start promoting specific video games products. Please be patient, they will come.  

      Thanks for checking out my post, ajibola40. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  14. My grandpa would love to have the Star Wars game, can’t say for my grandma. Your article is informative/educative.i do play the NBA games sometimes when I’m less busy. Thanks for giving me the idea of want to present to my grandpa on his 74th birthday..I never knew it could help healthwise, the way you stated here. Thanks again

    • Hi faftop, 

      I love your comments, especially about your grandpa. 

      So, he is a fan of “Star Wars”. I love the idea of you getting him a “Star Wars” gaming package for his birthday. I have some suggestions about what games to get him. Will you need to get him a gaming console as well? Xbox One or Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 or 4 are great consoles. 

      Let’s get started. 

      “Stars Wars: The Force Unleashed; 1 and 2”. Great games. I have them both. I love them. Wielding that “lightsaber” is a blast. Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 or 4. 

      “Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lord”. Xbox. 

      “Battlefront I and II”. Xbox and PlayStation. Two of my favorite “Star Wars” games. 

      “Knights of the Old Republic”. Xbox. This is considered one of the best “Stars Wars” of all time.

      “May the force be with you”. I pray your grandpa and you have an awesome time gaming together. 

      You sound like a caring and considerate grandson. God bless you for that brother. 

      For grandma, ask her what games she might be interested in playing if she did play. You might be surprised. 

      Bring them both into the gaming world. But you be there with them. Let video gaming be a family event. 

      Most importantly, love your grandparents as they love you. 

      I hope and pray this helps. 

      Thank you so much for mentioning your grandparents. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  15. This is a very great site, there is loads to learn. I just learnt about the history of video games and how it is beneficial to the human world especially to kids because it helps them become more smart and makes them realise they have to think. Playing games when I was young helped me develop my reasoning and think smart. Games are also an avenue to form human bonds between families,neighbours and other people. Video games are the best inventions ever.

    • Hi Aweda, 

      Good to hear from you, thanks for your comments. 

      The evolution of video games has come a long way since “Pong”. Advances in gaming technology are astonishing. While doing my research, I learned so much about the history of video gaming myself. I am glad you enjoyed my sharing of what I learned. 

      I love what you said, “Games are also an avenue to form human bonds between families, neighbors, and other people”. Part of my motivation for creating this website is exactly what you mentioned, bringing people together. 

      There are so many things that separate us today. I hate this. It doesn’t have to be this way. I hope and pray we can come together, even if it is through a video game. Let’s do whatever it takes. 

      I pray the greatest invention is realizing the love of our God, and our love for each other. 

      God bless you, Aweda. Thanks for stopping by. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf.   

  16. Video games is very important in the lives of everyone coz of the increased critical thinking, mental health is enhanced, relieves stress and affects the psychological state of an individual positively. Apart from these, it also  very fun to play and I don’t just think there is any cons associated with playing of video games. 

    • Hi Kenechi, 

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. 

      You are so right about the mental benefits of video games. They can sharpen the mind and have several positive influences if put in the proper place in a person’s life. 

      But like everything in life that is taken to the extreme, video games can cause destruction in a gamer’s life. Video game addiction is real and should be taken seriously. I have written a couple of posts, “Video Game Addiction: It’s not a Game!!!” and “Do video games promote violence?” which address the darker side of the video gaming world. I hope you check those out. 

      What games do you play?

      Thanks again for your response, Kenechi. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  17. Thank you for the very fun post.  I myself was born in the 70’s and remember pong, I television and PAC Man Fever.  

    This was truly a trip down memory lane.

    I’ve been bugging my wife to get me a Nientendo Classic.  She hasn’t yet because she knows I will get sucked in and she will never see me.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Nate, 

      Thank you so much for your reply. 

      I do want my website to be informative and helpful, but I also want it to be fun. You got it, brother. I have so much fun doing the research, writing the content and adding related images. It is my way of expressing my God-given creativity. 

      One of the best parts is hearing from people like you. Your thoughts help to grow this website and it also helps me grow. This is not about me just making money from my website. It is about bringing people together through something dear to my heart, God, my love for helping people, and my love for video games. 

      Don’t give up on getting that “Nintendo Classic” yet. Find games she might like playing. Let her be part of your gaming experience. But you need to be part of what she likes to do as well. Remember, a marriage is about giving to each other. 

      God bless you and family, Nate. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  18. Hi Grandpa, this an awesome article, this is very informative and educative.

     I love the fact that you can actually learn from them. Parents often doesn’t see the beauty part of the gaming on their children rather they take it away from them complaining about time spent on gaming! Of course too much of everything is bad but givng the children ample time to get around games sharpen the brain!

    i see games as brain testing!

    • Hi Jay, 

      Thank you for your comments. 

      It is pretty cool video games can be used as a learning tool. They do test the brain. Often I learn I am not a very good gamer. But I still have a lot of fun trying. It doesn’t really matter how good I am anyway. It only matters that I enjoy playing them. 

      There is beauty in video games, it is an art. The magic that goes into making video games is an amazing feat. People coming together to create something that started from a single idea or a thought. 

      The graphics and scenery are breathtaking in some games like “Skyrim or Assassin’s Creed: Origins”. A lot of video games are based on actual places and historical events. Nowadays, this may be the only place kids learn anything about the history of the world. 

      Sometimes video game characters look like real people. If you notice the hands of game characters, it is stunning when done right. Michelangelo was a master at this. Just look at some of his work like the sculpture of “King David” of the bible. Some video games are starting to approach this level of artistry. Check out the latest version of “God of War”. 

      I hope and pray parents and kids can find a healthy balance between the wishes of parents and the desires of their children. Playing video games doesn’t have to divide families. If gaming is put in its proper place, it may bring families closer together. 

      I really appreciate your thoughts, Jay. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  19. thank you for sharingI have liked every one of her video game games since I’ve been playing games for saws and Nintendo 64 so my favorite game was Bomberman 64 even now I’m growing i still play that much thanks for this valuable article and very useful for meI’ll be back to you to see a new article from you

    • Hi bajram, 

      Thanks for your comments. 

      What other games are you playing? I’m into ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn” on my PlayStation 4. I get to fight bandits and machines that resemble dinosaurs. It’s pretty cool. 

      I am currently researching jobs related to the video game industry. I am looking forward to learning all about this part of video games. As soon as I am done, I will get it posted. 

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me your thoughts, bajram. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  20. Great article. You took me back many a year, as I guess that I qualify for the granddad brigade nowadays. You do well to highlight some of the health benefits of owning abd using a registration process at your hotel, may heplrse have the same amount of promotional abuse and mishandling can reestablish.

    • Hi Adrian, 

      Thanks for taking the time to reply to my post. I am glad you noticed the part about the health benefits of video games. Sometimes video games get a bad rap and some of it is well deserved. 

      There are dark sides to video gaming. Video game addiction is a very serious concern and should never be taken lightly (Especially with our kids). Playing video games for fun is different than letting it rule your life. 

      So are you a grandpa too? If you are how many grandkids do you have? Do they like playing video games? 

      Thank you for your encouragement, Adrian. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf.  

  21. This article is great!  I remember when my father bought my first Atari.  I was ecstatic!  Games have come a very long way since then.  I found myself gaming online around 2006 or 2007 with World of Warcraft and I can tell you that these games can be very addictive.  I found myself gaming all my spare time, and even neglecting my family.  So, although there is a healthy side to gaming like keeping our motor skills sharp, there is a side that these games can be also a nuisance if a person let it become one. 

    I have since let my gamer hat on the side of my computer and I only play once in a while, “to keep my motor skills sharp”.

    I loved reading your article, very interesting and full of valuable information!

    • Hi Denis, 

      Thank you so much for your input. The technological advancements in video games are amazing. It’s like you are actually playing a character in a movie. I love it. 

      I haven’t gotten into playing online games very much. Most of the time, I use my computer for research, work on my website, download sermons, or just write. When I do play, I do it on my Xbox or PlayStation console. I like keeping my computer activity separate from my gaming. 

      I agree with you. Video games (Especially, online games) can be very addictive and eat up so much of our spare time. It takes patience and time to build up a “World of Warcraft” empire. 

      To be honest, I really don’t play video games a lot. But I do love playing them when I do play.  I mostly play on the weekends to relax or unwind. Also, I am not really good at playing, but I still enjoy it. This is the main reason I am not into multiplayer games very much. I am more of a liability than an asset to a video game team of other players. 

      I am proud of you because you realized your gaming started to be a problem. But it sounds like you changed your playing habits for the betterment of your family. Good for you brother. 

      What games are you currently playing? I have been playing “Horizon: Zero Dawn” for the last few weeks.  

      Always remember, “You play the game, don’t let the game play you”. 

      Thanks again for your thoughts and comments, Denis. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  22. Hi johnny,

    Children are usually favorites to play. Especially the different vulnerabilities of children on Android devices are noticeable. Children can control the game better than the many times they have been. Game makers are also creating various interesting games and apps for children. We have organized a few games and apps that help children develop their intellectual skills.Video games to parents of young children are a horror name if they forget about eating and drinking, they will get a child’s education if they are hungry in gaming. However, a recent study by scientists proved their fears of being completely wrong. A news report has been published on the US TV channel NBC News website.I and my sisters love to play video games. In the short run, I used to compete with my friend’s games which were fun. I still play the video during leisure. Grandpa video game is really informative that will delight you. You’ve really said that video games are good for the health of the people and the children’s intelligence that helps in education. I think the game helps to increase human intellect, health, and emotional skills.I’m going to share with my friends. Thanks for sharing this information with us!

    • Hi cpanharun, 

      I really appreciate your comments. It is good to see video game creators are finding ways to use video games in a positive way. Just making money should not always be the central motivator. 

      Helping in education and development of kids is always a good thing. Probably more important than “Making a buck”. 

      It can also help adults (especially older adults) as we age. Video games can help in our thinking and our well being as we grow older. Stimulating our minds is just as important as exercising our bodies. Video games are a useful tool for firing off brain cells in kids and adults.  

      Learning things in life should be an ongoing process we embrace our whole life. It can be achieved from reading, learning a new language, acquiring a new skill, taking an educational course, or just playing a video game. 

      What kind of games do you play in your leisure time? I have been playing “Horizon: Zero Dawn” lately. 

      Do your sisters like the same video games you do or do they like playing something else? 

      Thanks you so much for your reply, cpanharun. 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  23. This is a very informative site about Gaming with Grandpa. You mentioned how there are some good educational developmental video games for children. It is great that you are able to see the value of video games and have shared this with others. In my own opinion video games have more of a positive impact than a negative one.Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Mary, 

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. As with anything in life, there is the positives and the negatives. Even things which are good for us can be taken to extremes, like exercising or dieting. They can be useful or abused. The same goes for video games. 

      In the future, I am planning on adding a post just about educational developmental games for kids and adults as well. I am looking forward to seeing what we all can learn about this aspect of video gaming. 

      Thank you for your encouraging words, Mary. 

      All the best to you, 

      johnny, the Gray Wolf. 

  24. You seem to have a lot to talk about with your articles and I enjoy reading them. It is nice when someone older can recall all the decades of gaming and how it has evolved to relay it to the younger generation since they were not there when it was evolving through some years. What were your favorite years for gaming and why do you think so?

    • Hi Jon, 

      Thanks for your reply. I really enjoy doing the research for all the different aspects of the video game world. Video games are something I enjoy playing and writing about it. When I started this website, I wanted to provide helpful knowledge and enjoyment from my posts. I hope I am achieving this. 

      Over the decades, I haven’t really played a whole lot. I never really got serious about it. Now don’t get me wrong, I love playing video games. But not all the time. I have other things I like doing, like spending time with my wife, Cindy and studying God’s word. I also read books on how to be a better writer and I write. 

      As far as my favorite years for gaming, they are right now. I have two systems, an Xbox One, and a PlayStation 4. I have an unlimited selection at my fingertips. Plus, I am a lot more settled down in my older years. I am a homebody. I like staying at home. I work on my website and writing. 

      However, when I need to wind down, I load a video game and escape for an hour or so. As I said, I don’t really play video games a lot. But when I do, I really enjoy playing them. 

      Go to hear from you, Jon. 

      johnny, the Grey Wolf. 

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