What’s Not To Love About Console Games?

Console games are specifically a physical device that has a controller or joystick that you, the user use to manipulate the game itself. Technology in console games have evolved to where the games are now on a compact disc and the game comes through your television or computer screen.

If you are like many parents, your child has been nagging you for the latest and great console unit and game; but you do not want to spend that money on something that is just for your child and no one else. Console games are hotter than ever and contrary to popular belief, they are not just for adolescents.

Take Nintendo’s Wii games for example. With the Wii, the user, whether the user is child or adult, has to physically get up off the couch and move to play the game. The Wii has even released several weight loss and fitness console games to help not only children but also adults to get into shape. Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are also using Nintendo’s Wii console game to help their patients get up and moving again. If you are an adult and fitness really is not your priority, try other games such as Rock Band where you can fulfill your fantasy of being a rock star; or try cooking games to where you can be a gourmet chef. The possibilities are virtually endless to what you can play.

If you are purchasing a game for someone who already has, a console and you see all these codes E, T, MA, A/O, and do not know what they mean, maybe this will help. Console games come with a censorship rating that is determined by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). E stands for Everyone; meaning just that. Everyone from two to one hundred and two can play this game. T stands for Teen; meaning that the game contains violence, language, or other content that is not appropriate for younger gamers. MA or M stands for Mature; meaning that the game is not suited for anyone under the age of 17. A/O stands for Adult Only; meaning that the game contains violence, obscene language, and\or nudity and sexual scenes and are only suited for adults. Please do not be spooked by all these ratings to remember. They are in place to keep you and your child safe.

These types of games have also gotten a ‘bad rap’ so to speak, about how kids are addicted to them; they are the cause of childhood obesity; and what have you. Nevertheless, in all actuality, console games are great for hand-eye coordination, cognitive skills, and in some case reflexes and fitness. Console games, as with anything else, should be enjoyed in moderation; limit activity to an hour or two, not excessive like five to eight straight hours of play. Think of it like coffee; one cup wakes you up whereas four or five cups of coffee has your heart racing and hands shaking. Console games are no different. One hour will help you get fit or help your child’s skills; whereas four or five straight hours hurts the muscles or can cause damage to your child’s eyes, hands, neck, and other areas.

Console games are a great thing to use on family game night. What better way to bring a family together than by playing a friendly game where mom can beat the daughter for the title of bowling champion or father and son duke it out to see who the rock star in the family is?

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5 Reasons Console Gaming Is Dead

It’s fair to say I’m not a big fan of consoles. They’re expensive, require too big of a time commitment to play, are hard to learn, and give me wicked motion sickness.

But I do respect that millions of people out there absolutely love them. Facts are facts right? In 2010 video console sales totaled 52.3 million units, and that’s a lot of units. And that’s just for one year. It’s estimated there are over 160 million consoles out there.

And that’s great business!

But think about this. In 2010 when video game console sales hit 52 million units, game ready cell phones skyrocketed at over 1.27 BILLION units. Analysts expect over 1.8 billion by 2014, or about 8 billion game ready cell phones on the planet by 2016.

That’s massively formidable.

When I do the math it just makes sense: 160 million units versus 8 billion units.

Here are the 5 reasons I think console gaming is dead:

Development costs are prohibitively expensive
Indie game developers find the development costs of dev stations, licensing, certification and more to be a major barrier to entry
Dev kits can cost as much as $50k each
Console games typically cost $1 million or more to make
Gatekeepers are restrictive about what gets out
The Big 3 (Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft) are restrictive about what they’ll allow on their consoles
Rejection or delays can be very expensive
Player time commitment is expensive
Console games are about time commitment
In a tough economy, leisure time is a luxury
Pick up and play is a growing trend
Game consoles and games are pricey
Console units typically cost $300 and up
New games cost $60 with older titles priced between $20 and $50
Mobile gaming is far more accessible
Development costs are low
No need for licensing or certification
Dev kits are typically free
No restrictions on what can be produced and released
Low time commitment from players
Inexpensive to buy games, ranging from free to $2.99
By 2016, everyone on the planet will have a game ready phone
As consumers migrate to new platforms like iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android (both tablet and phone) and these devices become more and more powerful, the consumer demand for content increases. Console developers clutch their devices tightly and seemingly ignore the coming wave, giving way to these new mobile platforms as the game development format of choice.

It won’t be long now, but unless console developers do something truly unique and innovative, console gaming will die out.

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