Connection. That’s how it all started. Electricity powering the first pong machine. The most simple game made for two players. Connect a second controller and play with a friend.
Fast forward past the crash. The Nintendo Entertainment system was released. Two controllers and and countless games to play alone or with friends. A challenge that created a hotline that gives strategies for beating games.
The age of the arcade. Flashing lights and beeps reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. A place to spend quarters and make friends. Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Franchises that are still around today.
And what do we have today? The internet! All you need is an internet connection and you have access not just to video games, but to other players. We live in a digital age of gaming.
Video games and game related content from media coverage to tournaments are at our finger tips. Gaming has developed into a community of sorts, a subculture. Many of us find personalities in the community that we like whether it be YouTubers or Twitch streamers, and develop subcommunities around them.
We the players, the products of this digital age. We interact with each other and our games in search of fat loot and reaching the next level. All of us are connected. We play for different reasons, but we all play, and we all have that connection whether it be electrical, digital, physical, or spiritual.