Sept. 12 – National Video Game Day

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Sept. 12 is National Video Games Day

In 1975, Atari introduce a home version of Pong. Pong was a popular arcade video game and It was a huge success. It paved the way for a revolution in home electronics, and a dramatic change in how people spent their time and money. A single play of an arcade game cost $0.25, the equivalent of $1.13 today.

While the cost of gaming has gone down, its impact on the economy has grown. Video game companies employ more than 120,000 people in 34 states. Total compensation in the gaming industry is $2.9 billion.

There has been considerable controversy about the effects of video games on development and behavior of gamers. In 2014, writing in Forbes, Jordan Shapiro wrote that new studies are showing positive psychological effects of moderate gaming on children.

The Air Force sees the positive effects. While in their early iterations, drones were flown by pilots, today, video gamers are being recruited for duty.

  1. Do you believe that video games create positive or negative effects on gamers?
  2. How do you think the ubiquity of games (available on computers, tablets, and phones, as well as dedicated gaming devices), has changed the way we learn and spend our time?
  3. How will gamification change education?

Image Citation:

5, Sept. 2018, Still frame from Pong, a video game [Digital image].  Retrieved from <>.