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Learn About Gaming

Video games have been around far longer than most people realize, dating as far back as the 1950s. These early games bore little resemblance to the video games of today, though. The history of modern video games is more closely associated with the 1970s and '80s, when arcade games, followed by home consoles such as the Magnavox Odyssey and Atari 2600, were introduced. Despite a brief video game market crash that started in 1983 and continued until the 1985 release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the U.S., the video game industry has continued to grow. Not only are they playable on multiple platforms that range from gaming consoles to PCs to mobile devices, but their popularity also stretches from kids to adults of any gender. In addition, gaming also represents career opportunities for current and future job-seekers with the right set of skills.

IT for Kids and Students

The evolution of gaming and information technology in general lies in the hands of future generations. As a result, it's important to introduce kids to computers and other devices at an early age. There are many different ways to do that, both at home and in the classroom. Parents are able to purchase kid-friendly devices for their youngest children. Computers, laptops, and tablets that are designed specifically for children can contain games and learning programs that are age-specific, stimulating, and fun. For students, IT is important in the classroom and at home. In schools, teachers use computers as tools to help reinforce what's being taught. It's also an opportunity for hands-on learning in terms of IT projects and applications, particularly in schools that focus on STEM-related education.

Programming and Video Gaming

Exposure to computers and video gaming can help kids develop a deeper interest in technology. This interest is one that could direct the career choices that they make as adults, perhaps leading to a future in programming video games. Programming video games is a very specialized process that requires a significant amount of skill and knowledge. It involves understanding programming languages and writing the code that makes a game come to life. There are a number of different positions associated with video game programming, including the lead programmer, sound programmer, tools programmer, and AI programmer.

Education and Other Career Options

Game designers, artists, animators, and audio engineers can all be a part of the video game industry. When a person decides to pursue a career in this field, they need to have the right education, which often includes an associate or bachelor's degree. Video game programmers can be self-educated, but a formal education is valuable and many video game programmers begin their career with the help of a college degree in programming or software engineering.

 

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