Though I was sitting in an awkward seat in the cramped, crowded room I had a perfect view of the two competitors in their respective corners. Both had endured a long journey and now were in each other’s way for the main prize. Somehow the crowd was larger when the tournament began and thankfully diminished making it somewhat comfortable for the final round. An hour later a champion was crowned and christened “Halo Champion” of the Game Over retail store along with a free Xbox 360 video gaming console.
The world is constantly evolving along with the technology in it and though video games seem to have reached new almost-real levels to make competitions easier, competitive video gaming has been around for decades.
“My first console was called the Magnavox Odyssey. Growing up in the time I did, it was as exciting as flying to the moon.” a very enthusiastic older gamer named Stewart Douglas had shared with me. “I would have crowds of kids from school wanting to come to my house and play and tried to see who could get the highest score on Pong.”
Though the games around the 1970s seemed to be simple and generic compared to the ones being made today, a revolution was in the making and a whole new type of event was created for the most competitive country in the world. It started with the small company called Twin Galaxies founded by a legend in the gaming community, Walter Day. Walter was not a gamer himself, but enjoyed the ideas and the spirit of competition involved in each game so much that he wanted to go beyond the simple entertainment level and provide a way for gamers around the country to challenge one another. For the challengers who made it to greatness by reaching the number one spots of each game, Walter wanted them to be recognized for the achievements and managed to get Time Magazine to write an exclusive piece displaying the scores and biographies of the players. The subject of competitive gaming had such a... [continues]
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