From Atari to Xbox: My Gaming Life

As you may have already read in a prior post, I’ve covered my personal ‘music map’ going back to circa 1983. While I’m not entirely certain exactly which year my dad brought home out first video game console, I’m reasonably sure it was around 1982, which would predate even my earliest music memories. So without further ado, here is my gaming map.

Circa 1982: The Atari 2600

Ah yes, the faux wood styling really stands out

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Can Valve’s Steam Box Put a Dent in Console Gaming?

I am not a PC gamer.

My cousin, who’s an avid PC gamer, reminded me as much in a passionate email rebuttal to my recent post about the changing battleground of console gaming. His main gripe was that I ‘completely ignored PC gaming’ and its impact on declining console game sales.

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Can We Have a Reasonable Discussion About Video Games and Violence?

In 2008 I wrote a college paper titled, “The Backlash Against Violence in Video Games.” At the time, the latest Grand Theft Auto title has just been released and some of the best-selling video games came from “shooter” franchises like Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Metal Gear Solid. In fact, according to NPD (via BitgGamer), four of the top five games sold on the Xbox 360 were heavy on gun violence. So, just as with movies and other media, it was an era when violent content moved the needle on unit sales.

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