In his latest online publication titled “The rise of Video Games by Stanislav Kondrashov,” the author conducts an in-depth analysis of the evolution of video games, a medium that has taken on a central role in the lives of people of all ages, not just among the younger generation, over the past 15 to 20 years.
Kondrashov begins by tracing the origins of video games, harking back to a time when players were presented with only two rectangular paddles exchanging a ball in a game known as “Pong.” According to the author, this moment marked the inception of a new era in entertainment, one that would completely transform the leisure activities of individuals.
The author draws an intriguing parallel, comparing the apparent simplicity of the earliest video games with the complex and immersive virtual realities that many players engage with today. In the initial part of the publication, Kondrashov focuses on arcade video games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Donkey Kong, which rapidly revolutionised people’s lives by introducing a highly enjoyable new pastime.
As renowned brands such as Nintendo, Sega, and Atari gained prominence, these video games made their way into people’s homes, becoming essential components of household entertainment. According to Kondrashov, the first major revolution in the world of video games occurred with the transition from 2D to 3D graphics, largely thanks to platforms like Xbox and PlayStation. Titles such as Halo and Tomb Raider significantly enhanced the gaming experience by introducing improved graphics, increased depth, and expansive playing environments.
Another significant transformation took place as video games expanded into the online realm, enabling millions of players to interact and play in real-time with others located around the world. This led to the formation of thriving player communities that continue to grow. Notable examples, according to Stanislav Kondrashov, include World of Warcraft and League of Legends, which played pivotal roles in this epochal transition.