Video games have always been a changing medium. They have never rested on their laurels and instead have been moving forward and evolving continuously. From simple machines that could only play one game, arcades full of the latest hits, to consoles and PCs providing endless fun. Combined with handheld gaming consoles and mobile phones, how we play games has never been the same. Today, you can play something on your phone as you wait for a bus or you can engross yourself and commit hours of time to a complex and challenging console release. What has changed video games the most in recent years is online play and it brings a whole new dimension to the medium.
Adding internet options has altered how games are made and how they are played. It added the ability for players to share their games, and team up, allowing for co-op when a second player wasn’t readily available. Competitive games such as shooters or fighting games can embrace online play as it allows people to team up or battle against different players across the world. This provides new challenges and gameplay, as well as giving you a diverse amount of opponents and there is always someone available to play.
One such game genre that has greatly benefited from games going online is casinos. Classic casino games usually had to be played in a specialist locations, at least at a bar. Virtual versions of slot machines, poker and more have long been a thing but online has made them relevant. The simple idea of putting casino games online has become a multi-million dollar business. Sites such as Red Flush Casino let you play classic bar slots, variations on poker, blackjack and other games at any time on browser or with the app. The online connectivity allows for a real time game, in which players can put up and win real money. It also allows people to compete against other players all over the world, allowing for authentic card games at any time, with many skilled opponents.
Online play has allowed competitive gaming to become huge. It had made it so people can play against others in fierce completions for more than a simple win. eSports and iGaming leagues and tournaments are held across the world that let people enter from their home or they will be streamed on the net. This has helped gaming become a major sport in it’s own right and it continues to grow, with mainstream attention increasing. Games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft are some of the top games but it has a presence in other areas. Any popular game can attract a major competitive scene and it also applies to casino games. You can play poker in major tournaments against people from the whole plane from the comfort of your home using or practicing with sites such as Red Flush.
Online connectivity has taken games to a whole new realm of possibility and experience. As time goes by, it will only grow and become a larger phenomenon than it already is.
Sorry folks, no Black Friday deals on eBay for video game related stuff unless you’re buying a console or some NOS games. But I still think the auctions in this post will tickle your fancy! First up is this awesome PONG Clock! Instead of reiterating what the seller wrote, I’ll simply copy and paste the auction description below:
“I’m selling my Pong clock. Designed by Sander Mulders, this is 1 of only 400 Pong clocks he ever produced. These are no longer made as Atari only allowed a very small production run. When these went on sale they sold out in one day. These are extremely rare and don’t show up often on Ebay.
I am the only owner of this clock and have kept it in excellent condition in a smoke free home. It has been displayed for about a year and kept in a box for the remainder of its time. It works flawlessly for both keeping time and for playing pong with it. A short clip of my pong clock at work can be found here: https://youtu.be/_qYFcjryfvM
Articles about this clock can be found here: https://www.wired.com/2008/11/pong-clock-scor/ http://pongmuseum.com/history/_transformation/pongclock.php
Clock: While this game of pong randomly plays, the so called players score the time. The left player scores the hours, and the right player scores the minutes. This unusual timepiece, makes an ideal conversation piece, and ideal for those friday afternoon moments.
Gameplay: Take your Pong Clock and hold it in front of you like an oldschool handheld game. Then, holding the two buttons on the back simultaneously for 2 seconds with your right hand, your Pong Clock will switch to game mode. This allows you to play a game of Pong against the clock, while controlling the right paddle with the two buttons! Holding the two buttons on the back simultaneously for 2 seconds again, will put your Pong Clock back in clock mode.
Shipping: I will ship the item with 24hrs of payment and provide a tracking number. The clock will be securely and safely packaged.”
Yogurtland had a pretty cool limited edition Super Mario Bros. bowls and spoons. The bowls and spoons showcase vintage Mario (not like we know him today) with the innocent jump in the air with his first pump, and Luigi jumping with a big smile. Ya… they still do that now but for some reason there’s something to these old animations that I love so much. I guess I saw them so much as a kid that it’s embedded in my brain. Oh well…
Today’s post won’t have too many auctions like I normally throw up here as my watchlist didn’t comprise of too many note worthy auctions. The ones that were noteworthy have expired a few days ago. But today’s auction list is short and sweet. I’m sure you’ll find something to bid on as the current bids for these auctions are quite low and all finishing today. Take a peek!
Tomorrow is Halloween! Yup, I still get excited for the day and with that I tried to do an ebay search of Halloween related items. Well, all I am able to see are some lame masks and 5 Nights at Freddy’s auctions so I just did my regular search on ebay lol. Lot’s of cool items here so today will be a quick post. Enjoy!
Pretty cool Mighty No. 9 plushie! It’s too bad the game didn’t pan out the way we all hoped for. So much build up, so much interest and yet they fall through in the end. The game wasn’t a total bust, however, for the amount of time invested in the game you’d figure Keigi Inafune would have put out something that rivaled the Mega Man games. Instead he stopped putting effort halfway through the project to focus on another game. Ah well. Description from auction:
“On offer is a rare Kickstarter-exclusive Mighty No. 9 Xel plush. This was an exclusive preorder bonus for those who preordered Mighty No 9 through the Kickstarter at the $500 level The plush is still sealed in its original bag and has never been taken out.”