National Video Games Day 2022: History, Significance and Facts

Video games were only originated in 1940s but now it has become a very important part of our life & to celebrate it we have National Video Games Day!

On this National Video Games Day you will get a chance for doing that for that you was waiting for long and yes we are talking about dedicate your whole day to your favourite video games. 

Today video games industry is worth billions of dollars and it has become a very part of our lives now and it is hard to think that video games are actually very recent as they originated in 1940s only but now has taken the whole world by storm. 

And to recognize the importance of video games in our life and also to encourage people to play more video games, the United States celebrates its National Video Games Day annually on 12th September. 

Event National Video Games Day
Date September 12, 2022
Day Monday
Significance The day honors and celebrates video games
Observed by United States

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National Video Games Day History: 

The first ever video game of our world came in 1940 and it was called 'Nim' and it was introduced at the World's Fair by Edward Condon. Then the development of video games were carried by many research labs and institutions in the country. 

As in the 1950s universities like the University of Cambridge and MIT started to work on video games. Some games that came out of these universities were virtual tic tac toe, and “Spacewar!” 

Then the first gaming console was designed in 1967 by the Ralph Baer who is known as the "Father of Video Games", hit the market, it inspired the classic Atari game “Pong.” Though there was a copyright infringement lawsuit, Atari still took off with the public when they released the Attari 2600 which included games like "Frogger." 

But everything wasn't going fine for the gaming industry and it witnessed a massive crash during the 1980s. At that time Japanese company called Nintendo came to the scene and rescued the gaming industry. As Nintendo introduced some of the most important franchises of games like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid which all became most popular in the world that time. Nintendo also found a challenger in Sega, driving the market into the 3D Gaming world.

However in the modern era of games Nintendo lost its dominance to Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's Xbox gaming consoles. And today Playstation dominates the world in gaming consoles with competition from Xbox, Nintendo also is not finished yet and it is still loved by many. 

National Video Games Day Significance: 

Today we play games all the time be it on gaming consoles or mobile phone games all people in the world loves playing video games today be it of any age group. As everyone loves some types of video games. And why shouldn't they I mean what can he better and engaging way to simultaneously pass and enjoy our time than video games. 

Video games are also not just a time pass or time waste thing today. As said earlier the video games industry is worth billions of dollars and it is growing very fastly by each passing year. Many people today makes their careers in gaming today by becoming streamers on YouTube, Twitch, etc. So today it is very important for earning also for many people. 

However not everyone is a streamer and most people plays video games for pleasure and entertainment only. Today's games are also improving with better technology so it gives a total different experience than old games. Like many games are available in VR today which gives a much better experience than we used to get in the early video games. So gaming industry is continuously evolving thus making playing video games even more fun and exciting. 

Today's games also offers socializing with people as there are many popular multiplayer battle royale games like Fortnite, Minecraft, Pubg, Call of Duty, etc. These games also allows user and friends to communicate with each other and enjoy playing video games together. On the other hand gaming consoles offers very exciting and engaging story-based games. 


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National Video Games Day Facts: 

Now let's learn some very interesting and fun facts regarding video games: 

  1. During the early stages of development, Batman: Arkham Asylum was prototyped as a rhythmic action game.
  2. In an attempt to get children and teens more interested in books, libraries have started adding video games to their shelves.
  3. The Game Boy version of Tetris was the first game played in space. 
  4. In 2019, a boy from US won the largest single-persons eSports payout at $3 million. 
  5. Ubisoft’s long-running and highly successful Assassin’s Creed series was originally going to be a Prince of Persia spinoff. 
  6. According to one study, those who play video games are more likely to have lucid dreams, where they can control what’s happening.

Most Searched FAQs on National Video Games Day: 

1. When is National Video Games Day is celebrated? 

National Video Games Day ie celebrated annually on 12th September in US. 

2. Are there any good deals on the occasion of National Video Games Day? 

In the past, retailers like Amazon, Playstation, and Microsoft rolled out big deals on individual games and on consoles so do check it out online!

3. Which is the largest gaming console brand in the world? 

Sony's Playstation currently is the largest gaming console brand in the world. 

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