Pokémon Go offers the perfect blend of nostalgia and new technology. Many 90’s and 00’s kids will remember the characters, theme tune and card game, but the popularity goes beyond one generation. You only have to drive into your local town centre to spot people of all ages playing Pokémon, so why is it so popular?
Well, it’s the start of something very exciting; Augmented reality. Let’s not mislead you here, Augmented reality (AR) is not something new; it has been used for years in the military and for navigation systems. What makes Pokémon Go novel is that AR has gone mainstream for the first time. We’re experiencing an important moment in history. Many of us will remember the first time we played Mario, the first time Game Boys were available in colour and we’ll certainly remember the moment we’re living right now. There’s no doubt this will be the start of something huge.
Many teenagers leave school dreaming of a job in the gaming industry, and it’s important to know that there are opportunities out there. It’s an industry that continues to thrive in the UK and around the world, so there is a sense of security, but it’s certainly not a walk in the park—and it’s not always going to be fun and based solely around playing games! If you’re serious about getting into the industry and progressing your career quickly, getting an industry recognised qualification will be a must. No matter what company your dream of working for, a professional qualification will undoubtedly boost your career prospects. Some of the most useful qualifications include Photoshop, 3ds Max, Maya, Java and C++. You will need to decide whether you’d like to be a 3D Modelling Artist, a Developer or a Programmer though, so carrying out a lit bit of research on each of these areas is reccommended.
I love going to the arcade, there’s something about it. I’m not sure if it’s the smell of cola and popcorn or the flashing lights, but there’s something you get at an arcade that you just don’t get at home on the PS4 or Xbox 360. I often play Mario cart at the arcades, and with the cool seats, built in speakers, large HD screen it really can’t be beaten. At an arcade you get the whole package, but the only downside is that it’s £1 to play a game, when you can play a game freely at home for hours!
I don’t think the popularity of the arcade will go though; we’re instinctively drawn to it whether we’re visiting the seaside or the movie theatre. And unless you create a similar environment in your home, it simply won’t be beaten by your console, TV and sofa.
It’s a bit of a niche market nowadays, renting games online. Some companies provide games for you to play and send back, at terrific prices i must say, and with the renting giants now all but finished, it’s great to see some small companies surviving. As games become more advanced, they get a little dearer, and now before buying a brand new game, you have think carefully about the price. It’s not like the god old days when you can buy three cool games at age 14 and then have enough money to buy a cherry coke and a bus ride home. You’re now looking at around £50 a game, and that’s why a certain rental market is doing pretty well right now. Games can be sent out pretty quickly, and for those who like to complete it within the space of a few days, it’s a great idea.
Cities: Skylines is back, and it’s back with a real bang. We now welcome Cities: Skylines Snowfall, and so far it’s a game that’s had many favourable reviews online. As always it’s a world building sim in the style of the classic game Sim City, but there are some key differences this time round.
The main one is the snow! Nearly every snow-related problem has been packed in here, but the good news is there aren’t any angry residents furious about snowplows blocking in their gardens! As you build, it always feels as though a winter disaster is just around the corner, and the fact that you have to battle storms to build your city makes it all the more rewarding when it’s finally complete.