With this year being the most crowded release schedule than ever seen, video gamers will have plenty of games from which to choose this holiday season. Makers are competing for devotion and gaming dollars, and considering it’s a $25 billion a year industry, that’s not a small amount of money.
Four games already released or about to be released that will offer tough competition: “Rage,” “Resistance 3,” “Battlefield 3,” and “Batman: Arkham City.” These games offer something for everyone, from shooter games to games that use your wits instead of lightning-fast reflexes.
All of the games are expected to make money, but the ones out first will make the most. In addition to games with earlier release dates, the ones that have motion-sensing capabilities will also rake in the cash, as the novel way of gaming appeals to more and more players.
Since gamers tend to buy up games, their gaming budgets tend to get depleted as the year wears on. So titles that don’t come out until the end of November could sell fewer copies than ones released in late October or early November, according to video game industry analyst Michael Pachter.
Some highly-anticipated titles to be released in November include “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception,” “Modern Warfare 3,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Saints Row: The Third,” “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3,” and “Need for Speed.”
Blockbuster titles generally sell for between $40 and $60, which adds up fast when multiple titles are on the wish list.
On Monday, a man tried to live out the classic arcade game Frogger as he attempted to run through traffic from one side of the highway to the other. According to a December 29th report by the DailyMail.co.uk, the 23 year old man didn’t make it all the way across the highway as he was hit by a Lexus SUV and hospitalized with serious injuries.
The man’s name has yet to be released but police discovered that he and his friends thought that it would be fun to try a real life version of the Frogger game. So, he and his friends went down to their local busy highway in Clemson, South Carolina. The friends yelled go as the 23 year old man started running across the busy highway. The police have not released any further information.
Frogger was first created in 1981 by Konami. The object of the game is to take your frog and have him cross the street without getting hit by the oncoming cars. There’s also rivers and other hazards to avoid when crossing the highway.
Frogger has become one of the most popular games worldwide as it’s continuously released on every new video game platform like WII, PS3, and XBox. The game was also popularized in the hit American sitcom Seinfeld when one of the main stars George Castanza tried to push an arcade game across the street, weaving through traffic.
As of now, the police are not pressing any charges against the driver. It remains unclear whether or not charges will be pressed against the injured man.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops”, created by Activision, continues its record shattering sales during the holiday season. Since its release on November 9th, has set 1 day and 5 day records worldwide. The game brought in $650 million in sales over its the initial 5 days which beat out its predecessor “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″, which did $550 million.
The popular first shooter and multiple player game is rated for 17 and up and is expected to shatter the record of video games sold which is also held by “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″ at 20 million copies. The “Call of Duty” franchise is one of the most popular franchises in the history of video games and will only continue to grow with “Black Ops” predicted to turn the market upside down.
“Black Ops”, takes place during the Cold War and is played out through memories and flashbacks. The main character is secret operative Alex Mason and his voice is done by Sam Worthington who’s popular for playing Jake Sully in the smash hit movie Avatar. Mason opens the game with being interrogated as his captors are trying to figure out the secret attack against the United States.
Scenes from the game take place in various regions that have seen their history of war and conflict like Cuba, Vietnam, and Russia. The sounds and graphics are very detailed and make the user’s experience even more intense. The critically acclaimed “Black Ops” is available on all of the top video gaming platforms like PS3 and XBox.
Injuries due to playing interactive video games are on the rise according to the latest research performed by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. However, the mounting injuries are not a serious concern yet, according to a October 4th, 2010 report by HealthDay News, only that children under 10 should be supervised while playing interactive video games.
The study was performed from January 2004 to January 2009. There were nearly 700 injuries during this period of time that were related to video games. However, only 92 of them were due to interactive video games with more than half of those 92 being young males. Common injuries with interactive video games were cuts, bruises, strains and sprains especially to the shoulders, ankles, and feet.
Despite the rise in injuries, many experts still believe that interactive video games are better for children than traditional video games as the rate of injuries are still relatively small. Additionally, most of the injuries were experienced by children who were unsupervised.
Interactive video games get children up and moving opposed to being sedentary. In fact, video gaming systems like Nintendo Wii have an entire niche of video games devoted to health and fitness. These games help kids and adults improve their health through burning calories, exercising, and weight management.
Interactive video games can also be an option for those suffering from obesity and other health issues that prevent them from getting out of the house and exercising. However, experts caution adults and children that these interactive games are not a substitute for actually getting outside and playing.