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The “real: golden age of gaming: 1970s/1980s vs. 2010s/2020s

We’re comparing two proclaimed times to see if we’ve missed it or are currently living through the modern gaming golden age

golden age of gamingWhat years do YOU consider to be the golden age of gaming? If you search that term, you’ll see this result:

The golden age of arcade video games was the period of rapid growth, technological development and cultural influence of arcade video games, from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

Notice how the result focuses on arcade video games? Yeah. We noticed that, too.

Now we don’t have an issue with arcade games (it’s kind of our thing, anyway) but when the golden gaming age is mentioned, people tend to only talk about arcade gaming. What about modern gaming?

Look at Minecraft. It’s literally the best-selling video game of all time with 238,000,000 in sales and it isn’t from the “golden age” of gaming (a.k.a the 70s and 80s). It’s from the twenty-teens — released in 2011, to be exact. So, what are we getting at?

The golden age of gaming might not be only linked to arcade games from the 70s/80s. In fact, some say we might be experiencing the second wave — the modern golden age of gaming.

COMPARING THE TWO PERIODS OF GAMING

We’ve talked before about how the gaming industry has changed over the years, but let’s dive a little deeper into why the 70s and 80s continue to be talked about with such esteem when it comes to the gaming world and its relationship with modern gaming.

THE GOLDEN GAMING AGE OF THE 70S AND 80S

Although the exact years differ, most sources agree the golden age for gaming was from about the late 1970s to early 1980s. Technology journalist Jason Whittaker, in The Cyberspace Handbook, places the beginning of the golden age in 1978, with the release of Space Invaders.

During the late 1970s, arcade game technology had become sophisticated enough to offer good-quality graphics and sounds, but it was still fairly basic (realistic images and full motion video were not yet available, and only a few games used spoken voice).

Thus, the success of a game had to rely on simple and fun gameplay. This emphasis on gameplay is why many of these games continue to be enjoyed today despite having been vastly outdated by modern computing technology.

If people have an enjoyable experience, it could be talked about for years. Which is what we see happening to date.

The “Golden Age” of the 70s and 80s was a time of great technical and design creativity in arcade games. Games were designed in a wide variety of genres while developers had to work within strict limits of available processor power and memory. The era also saw the rapid spread of video arcades across North America and Japan.

The period from the appearance of Space Invaders in 1978 (as we mentioned earlier) through The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 is often known as the Golden Age of Arcade Games.

This was  when 8-bit Arcade Video Games emerged to rule popular culture, coin-operated Video Arcades appeared in every shopping mall, and soon the Atari 2600 and its competitors popularized home video gaming by capitalizing on arcade ports.

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We could say it’s a matter of being able to produce entertaining games that have never been done in such a way. It was exciting and competitive with advancements such as new hardware, laserdisc players, and new controls such as the trackball, lifelike steering wheels, light guns, and other specialty controls such as pedals for racing games.

Basically, it sounds like the 70s and 80s are spoken about with such high esteem in the gaming world because a lot was accomplished with limited resources in comparison to what we have on the market today.

THE GOLDEN GAMING AGE OF THE 2010S AND 2020S

For many, we are currently living in the golden age of gaming. The advancements in technology, fast, stable internet becoming the norm, and the rise of the casual and hyper-casual gamer has brought gaming into a new era.

Plus, with both the vintage gaming options and current hi-tech options available, people feel that they have the best of both worlds — thus marking the 2000s as the true golden age for gaming.

On one public gaming forum, a user commented that everybody’s “golden age” is really just a sliding time-slot depending on what people grew up with and what console they were supposed to choose from. They continue:

Golden Age has always felt to me to be a term to describe a time that was great until everything went bad. Right now, after the video game crash of the early 80s, we are in the golden age. The audience of video games has been steadily increasing, revenues for developers has been increasing, technology for games has been improving, and cost of games has remained within inflation levels.

The user also says that we’re locked into a golden age for a while until something happens to off-set the smooth sailing that we’re experiencing now.

IN CONCLUSION

The 70s and 80s were the first time video games hit the scene big.

And in terms of industry revenues, this period was one of the highest peaks the North American video game industry has ever reached to this day (and the highest overall when adjusted for inflation).

While the 1980s was the golden age for arcade games, some consider the 1990s to be the Golden Age for home video games (i.e. consoles and computers).

Meanwhile, some consider the 2010s to be the golden age for online gaming or streaming. With one argument being: “All the old games still exist and new games keep coming out all the time.” They concluded by saying that, until video games stop being made, we might just be in one long golden age.

And, yet, others feel that the golden age of gaming is still to come. There are so many opportunities for technology to play a part in elevating the game from the forms we have now, to really develop it into a new and improved art form.

So, what does this prove? It proves that opinions vary about what era is considered to be the true “golden age” for gaming. And with updates in technology, more accessibility, and an increase in device usage now compared to the past, comparing the 70s and 80s with the 2010s and 2020s could be tricky — especially since we still don’t know what’s yet to come in the future with virtual reality, cloud gaming, and real-time personalization.

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9 underrated ways to accessorize your game room in 2021

Get ready to accessorize your game room with these simple yet overlooked game room decor ideas

You know what sounds nice: Designing a room in your space that’s dedicated solely to the love of gaming without spending loads of money. (Yes, we’re also drooling at the image of a beautiful game room and a bank account that isn’t crying.)

We’re no strangers to game room decoration ideas. We have an article dedicated to game room decor ideas for dads — some of which included wine corks and beer. We’ve also given tips on how to create the perfect game room (projectors and tabletop games definitely made a cameo).

Since accessories can bring an additional layer of depth to your game room/space, this 2021 guide to home game room accessories is designed to give a little something for every type of game enthusiast. We’ll be addressing accessories that also provide comfort, posture, and all of that jazz, too, so get into relaxation mode.

GAME ROOM IDEAS TO TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE IN 2021

Over the years, serious gamers have acquired a vast collection of favorite games, consoles, and other assorted merchandise.

1. PILLOWS/PILLOW COVERS

Pillows are meant to keep your spine in a neutral position. They align your neck with the rest of your body, which supports good posture. However, we’re talking about gaming here, not sleeping. Nonetheless, the same benefits apply if you’re sitting upright for long periods of time! Without pillows, there’s added stress on your back and neck, making it hard for your spine to maintain its natural curve. Sleeping or sitting without a pillow could cause discomfort in the long run. Not sure what kind of gaming pillows or pillow covers are out there to suit your game room? How about this extra large all-things-game-room pillow or this controller shaped pillow to start?

2. CLOCKS

 Clock helps us to manage our lives. We depend on them for our routine activities from wake up in the morning to sleep at night. It helps to be everywhere on time and when it comes to gaming, this small device can prove to be extra handy. Don’t want to lose track of time in the game room? Spruce things up by hanging unique clocks on the walls. What about this billiards wall clock — shaped just like a triangular rack with billiard balls as the time.

classic-video-game-room3. BOOKCASES

Bookshelves, CD racks, and wall-mounted items allow you to properly display and easily access your entire collection. Sprinkle in a few toys and game-related merchandise and your game room library will be a marvelous sight to behold.

4. FLOATING SHELVES

 This isn’t to be confused with bookshelves like we mentioned above. While similar, floating shelves don’t take up space and are meant to display more specific prized gaming pieces like exotic wooden game pieces or vintage poker chips, dice, playing cards.

5.RUGS

RugsIf you want to change the focal point of a room and add a visual divider that makes a space feel more cozy and comfortable, a rug is your answer. The game room is probably already nifty, but a rug will make the room look connected and cohesive — super relevant for a game room where there are many elements involved, but one common theme of gaming. Whether you’re choosing a fluorescent rug that lights up in the dark or an arcade-themed throw rug, you’ll take your game room to the next level.

6.WALLPAPER

 Wallpaper has gone in and out of style for centuries, but it’s always been a good choice to create an attractive design without permanently altering your walls. Use a stylish pattern that matches your favorite game color to make a wall pop with color or texture!

7. LED “FLOATING” LIGHTS 

game-room-led-lighting-solid-apollo-ledWhy do we like the “vibes” of a pool hall so much? We’re going to say it’s because of the lighting and we’re convinced that the dimly lit spaces does something to the game (a.k.a. makes it better). Not only is LED highly energy efficient (less heat, more light, lower cost) but it makes any space look that much more awesome! Whether you choose to line your ceilings or place LED lights beneath pieces of furniture for a floating effect or line inside your game table, the choice is yours.

8. CHAIRS 

We’ve all heard of the term ergonomic, and if you haven’t, well you have now. When sitting for long periods of time (in which case a game room will make this happen), you’ll need a good chair that provides proper lumbar and pelvic support so your back muscles aren’t stressed. With lumbar and pelvic support comes better posture, better breathing, and less fatigue. Do yourself a favor and don’t settle for a basic office chair when chairs and sofas like this and this exist for your game room.

9. STORAGE BOXES/CONTAINERS

Frames are a key ingredient in the brilliant experience created by the artwork for the viewer. Not only do they enhance the final look of the piece of work being displayed, but they also protect it. Your game room walls could use a little dressing up, and posters have it handled. Keep things classic with a retro gaming poster or go modern with a minimal remote control poster set.

10. POSTERS/FRAMES

gaming-5-panel-canvas-art-wall-decorFrames are a key ingredient in the brilliant experience created by the artwork for the viewer. Not only do they enhance the final look of the piece of work being displayed, but they also protect it. Your game room walls could use a little dressing up, and posters have it handled. Keep things classic with a retro gaming poster or go modern with a minimal remote control poster set.

IN CONCLUSION

As we’ve seen, game enthusiasts take the opportunity to showcase their love for overall entertainment by intertwining film, board games, traditional arcade machines, and non-electronic games of the past.

Whatever your budget, or ideas about how to design and decorate a room for gaming, use the chance to express yourself freely, indulging in whimsical wall art design, fun, festive colors, and plenty of memorabilia or collectibles.

The secret to coming up with a quality room for games room ideas is to remember the spirit of play is at the heart of the space, so feel free to try out quirky, colorful, and energetic decorating concepts.