Everyone remembers the older era of 8-bit video games like Super Mario and Contra on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was the boom of video gaming, with many other companies also investing in the gaming industry to develop video games, video game consoles, and gaming accessories to go with them. And in the world of today, gaming just got a whole lot more serious and larger with the rise of e-Sports, a sport where professional video gamers compete with one another in large tournaments and competitions on a global scale.
The Gaming Platforms
There are several major gaming platforms currently that have withstood the test of time. Where even other gaming companies and platforms have died out, these platforms still go strong.
Nintendo’s head-start and pioneer in the video gaming industry may have started the boom of gaming, but none has ever come close to setting standards in video game consoles like Sony’s very own PlayStation brand. The PlayStation brand started with Sony’s very first PlayStation 1 console in its classic grey colour. Following the success, the PlayStation 2 would come into existence as the one of the world’s longest active consoles – even when the PlayStation 3 was in the market. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is only considered to be one of the most powerful video game consoles when compared to its competitors.
The Microsoft Xbox has been PlayStation’s competitor for many years, being the yin to their yang. The first Xbox launched in time to compete with the PlayStation 2, putting its iconic green colour and X symbol to the homes of many people worldwide. Despite having great exclusive games like the Halo franchise, the Xbox suffered a slight fall with the Xbox 360 because of many technical errors. But the brand picked up once again with the Xbox One that aimed to be the hub for living room entertainment – not just for games.
Nintendo is one of the greatest pioneers of video games and they are responsible for creating many of the world’s most iconic gaming and pop culture icons such as Super Mario and Pokemon. Although they have produced a number of video game consoles such as the GameCube and the Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo is commonly known for their excellence in handheld consoles instead. Everyone in their lives has played with a GameBoy or many of its different iterations, the handheld device becoming a staple of sorts in many homes. The true success of Nintendo however, is in the Nintendo 3DS, the modern day handheld console with double displays and 3D capabilities.
Despite being machines designed purely for the art of video gaming, no video game consoles has ever come to being in the same league as a powerful gaming computer when it came to hardware performance and versatility. PC gaming may not have as much great exclusive games, but it makes up for it in terms of bringing superior performance and also being the better alternative to playing first-person shooters compared to a video game console.
So which platform are you gaming on?