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Arcade Games And Those Who Started The Craze

It was in 1971 that Nolan Bushnell changed the world, when he and Ted Dabney created the first ever commercially sold arcade game, Computer Space. It may not have been a great success, but a year later arcade games would change forever when Bushnell and Dabney added two words to our language, Atari, and Pong. Pong was the first real success story, a simple game where you would control a paddle and and hit a ball from left to right until somebody missed it.

Now these may not have been the first ever computer games, for that we need to go all the way back to 1952, when A. S. Douglas made a graphical version of Tic-Tac-Toe on a EDSAC vacuum-tube computer. But it was games like William Higinbotham’s Tennis For Two, made in 1958 in a US nuclear research lab on a Brookhaven National Laboratory oscilloscope, and 1962′s SpaceWar, using a MIT PDP-1 mainframe computer that influenced the first ever arcade games.

It was in the Seventies that arcade game business began to grow. 30 games came out between 1971 and 1973, between 1974 and 1975 there were 57, and then suddenly in 1976 there were 53 releases.

During this time, a certain college drop out got a job at the newly formed Atari. The young Steve Jobs lasted just one semester at Reed College, before becoming employee number 40 at the Atari Los Gatos facility. Soon he was sneaking his friend Steve Wozniak into the place so they could play the arcade machines late at night. The two were instrumental in the hardware for another variation of the pong game, the very successful, Breakout. Jobs and Wozniak would of course go on to form the Apple Computer Company, which is a whole other story.

Up until 1974 most video games used simple block graphics, but then Atari introduced ROM chips to store graphical data and the first game to use this was called Tank. In 1975 Midway would be the first to use microprocessors, as they released the Western game, Gunfight. Many of Midway’s games were developed by Taito in Japan, a growing force in the industry.

These game were mainly found in bars and arcades until Space Invaders, licensed by Midway from Taito. In 1978, the invasion was also into new spaces. This game was popular that suddenly every shop wanted it, and little corner stores began to carry the games. Atari’s answer to Space Invaders was Asteroids. It would go onto become the biggest selling game of all time.

1979 would introduce color for the first time and then in 1980 Toru Iwatani would design a game based on a Japanese folk-tale that would change everything. It would have TV show spin-offs, clothing and even breakfast cereals, and live on until today. That game of course was Pac Man. The following year Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, most recently acclaimed for designing the Wii, gave us Donkey Kong and the one character that could rival Pac Man’s popularity, Mario.

In 1981 Atari introduced Centipede to the world, and this was the first game to be co-designed by a woman, Dona Bailey. Interestingly it was also the first game to have a big female player base.

In 1982 Midway made a game based on the movie, Tron, which has just had its sequel released in 2011! This game would end up producing more profit than the movie.

These were the early days that led to the revolution of the Eighties that would see the games evolve with computer technology. Today, arcade games are as popular as ever, fighting, racing and interactive dancing games that these early creators could not even imagine. But without their work, none of it would have been possible.

Do You Know How to Copy PS3 Games? Discover How to Burn PS3 Games and Back Them Up

Many PS3 owners are trying to find out if it is possible to burn PlayStation 3 games. If you enjoy your PS3 and you are a avid gamer, it is very important that you know how to copy PS3 games. With gaming consoles and video games costing more and more each year, you would be wise to burn and backup your PlayStation 3 games.

Me personally I spend a lot of money on video games, and in the past I spent more money than I should have on video games, because if one of my games was destroyed or damaged, I would just go and buy the same game again if it was one of my favorites.

Now days due to technology and game copying software, I only have to buy my top PS3 games once. As soon as I get the game home, I put it into my computer and start the copying software and within minutes I have an exact copy of my original video game.

It is not a very complicated process at all. In order to be able to backup your PlayStation 3 games you are going to need a few things. You need a DVD burner, some blank discs and the game copying software.

Once you have the software installed on your computer, all you need to do then is load your original PS3 game into your computer and then start the copying software, the software will copy data from your original game and store it on your hard drive, once that is done you will have to insert a blank disc so that the game can be copied.

And in a matter of minutes you will have an exact copy of your original video game. That is how simple it is! Now that you know how to copy PS3 games, start protecting and backing up your Playstion 3 games today.

How Playing Toddler Online Games and Other Ways Can Help Your Child Get Good Grades

In this article, I will educate the parents about the different ways in which they can help their children get good grades. Every parent wishes his or her child to standout in the class and every child is born with the capacity to meet that goal, yet only a few can achieve the highest grades. This may be the result of many factors. Here are a few ways that you can try out to assure the success of your child in exams.

Provide a Quiet Spot for your child to do his homework. It is better to have your child do his homework someplace other than his bedroom, where games, toys or even a television compete for his attention.

Minimize distractions by making homework a family activity. School-age siblings can study at the same time, and mom and dad can read the paper or play a game of chess.

Host a homework party. Invite neighborhood parents and their children over regularly. Meet at your house one week, someone else’s next time.

A better way to study is to have your child write down the key concepts in her own words, and then study those notes. Staring at a textbook for hours doesn’t help the material sleep in. writing demands focus, so she will retain more information.

Dress your child in his favorite, most comfortable outfit on the day of an exam. If he feels good about himself, chances are he will do better on a test.

Limit TV viewing and computer use the night before a big test – - staring at a screen can tire kids out.

Let your child have fun during the weekend or you can even allow him to have a break during the weekdays. The best way to make him spend that free time is by letting him play toddler online games. Online games allow him to understand the use of computer (which is very important in the world of today) and these are designed in such a way that they help to sharp the vision and mind of your child. Make sure that you let him visit an online game website which offers only peace-loving and intelligent games for your children, rather than advocating violence and war.

Help your child get organized to prevent lost assignments.

Celebrate all successes. Your C+ child is now a B? Buy her a book or see a movie together. Little treats will motivate your daughter or son to continue tow work hard in the future.