Why are Video Games important?

Video games have a long and interesting history if you’ve been paying attention over the last 30 some odd years. (A brief timeline)

From the inception of Pong, one of the first commercially successful games, all the way to modern day console games like Playstation and Xbox. They have become an integral part of our lives influencing everything from cartoons our kids watch, to what we wear, to the cereal we eat. Even the very devices we use to communicate like a phone or computer either have them, or can play them. Video games are a part of our society and culture whether we like it or not. From the game that saved Nintendo, to the fall of game giant Atari, to the torn relationship of game geniuses and creators of DOOM John Carmack and John Romero, video games history is interesting and has also influenced generations of kids and adults that stills continues to this day. Maybe that’s why we love them so much? The Games are fun, and sometimes the history is just as intriguing.

2018 Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees

Some recent additions into the Video Game Hall of Fame this year were Spacewar!, John Madden Football, ​Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy VII. All great games that obviously have had a huge influence on us. Tomb Raider alone has even spurred 2 seperate movie franchises. DOOM one of the most influential games ever created next to Space Invaders and Pacman was inducted in 2015. DOOM would also go on to have a movie made after it as well as a whole slew of products and toys. The popularity of some games has been so great they are still being re-made. 1994 to 2016 is a pretty good run.

Cover art from the DOOM franchise created by ID software. John Carmack and John Romero started the company that changed the gaming world forever. The image on the left is the 2016 version, and the original art from 1994 on the right.
The success of the franchise and its influence are apparent to this day. Left is the original vs it’s modern day rendering.

Many of the titles people are now playing on the various gaming platforms are now available as a digital download. Going to the computer store like the old CompUSA, or even your local game store like GameStop is becoming almost unnecessary. For me personally I like to purchase a tangible game just as I did with the latest version of DOOM for the PS4. When I’m done with it I might trade it in if there is no replayability. Many games are just too good to trade in and they get added to the collection. Yes, I still have my original Atari 2600, Atari Jaguar, and other console games that have been a part of my life since I was a kid. These days they are a disc, but back then it was a cartridge. There was something about having a copy that a friend can borrow and vise versa. Downloads are convenient and all but leave a little to be desired. And yes I did buy the disc version of DOOM (2016 for PS4) and didn’t fall for the digital download on sale through the Playstation Store. Funny enough I got it cheaper at my local store called Game Craze.

Our 1994 copy of DOOM for Atari Jaguar inserted in our new BoxPRO Archival APET Cartons. (CLICK FOR INFO)

Recently we took a look into our collections and wondered what could we do to help preserve the games that we have. What we came up with was quite satisfying. A fully archival APET carton that we’ve created in different sizes in hopes to help preserve some of the world best game collections, and hopefully yours. They can also be combined with Hang Tabs for retail use while still keeping the original packaging protected.

If you love games as much as we do there are a few interesting reads we’ve come across on Geek.com talking about the influence of games and the history of games. Both of which are good reads but not as in depth as some of the literature you can find. Really great stuff out there if this kind of history intrigues you.

Video Game Protectors

Our crystal clear VHS BOX PROTECTORS re made from 12 mil crystal clear, archival PET (Polyester) material. Semi-rigid. Boxes come with a removable protective film to prevent scratches. ​