The Continuing Evolution of Video Games

Video games, consoles, competition, and gaming are some of the biggest industries around. Some have noted that if the 60s were the best years of television, the 80s were the golden years of epic movies and the 2010s are the era of the video game. There is now more money and investment poured into games than there ever has been in large, blockbuster movies. Most all of technological innovation is happening in the video game industry. All of the best minds flock there, because that is where the money is.

The money in the industry was clear in the recent E3 conference where all of the biggest players congregate to tout their new products. Microsoft was the first to show off their product with their new game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Call of Duty has brought Microsoft billions of dollars of sales worldwide because it is so intensely popular. This time around the game features a digitized Kevin Spacy and better graphics, more violence and warfare, so it was a splashy way to kick off the conference. It seems like a trend in video games to become closer and closer to real life, so that we are at the point that we are simply manipulating movie plots and characters. After Microsoft came Sony.

To warm up their audience, they offered a bunch of free beer and fried foods before they opened the doors to their event. When the doors opened they revealed their highly anticipated game, Destiny for PlayStation. This game is the largest open world game of its kind and it took over 500 people to create it. One of those was Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones, who narrated the trailer. The plot of this interactive game is set at the end of earth’s intergalactic golden age. It promises to be exciting and it is up to the players to determine what will happen in their games. The evolution of video games seems to be making them as realistic and completely interactive in the case of emersion as possible.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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