You may have heard your kids or grandkids using words like Xbox or 360 or PSP or PS3. Maybe they even asked you to buy them one. But what the heck are they?
They are codenames or models of popular gaming systems. You may remember the first video game - Pong. You attached some extra hardware to your TV set and then watched as the beam of light, the "ball", bounced from side to side on your TV screen.
Your goal was to "hit" the ball with your paddle causing your opponent to miss. Like tennis or ping pong on your TV screen. It was considered high-tech way back then.
If that was your last experience with video games, you will be amazed at how they have progressed. Today the sound can be superior to your stereo system and the 3-D graphics are so smooth and detailed that you can see beads of sweat on someone on the screen.
With some games you can play over the Internet and compete with people from all over the world.
Many of the games are shoot-em-up types and very violent. After all, they target a teen boy audience primarily. There are also a lot of racing (cars, motorcycle, etc) and fantastic sports games.
The sports action is extremely realistic and game companies compete for realism, up-to-date statistics of players and so on.