It wasn’t always this way, were did video games and this crazy addiction come from? Like many technological advances, the idea for video games originated with the government; the mid-1960s military wanted some sort of device that would develop the reflexes of military personnel. In 1966, Ralph Baer, an employee of defense contractor Sanders Associates, addressed this demand when he came up with the concept of a "television gaming apparatus." This device included both a chase game and a video tennis game, and could be attached to a normal television set.
The first home video games didn't appear until the early 1970s and didn't become widely popular until 1975. That was when Atari adapted its PONG game from the electronic arcade version, and video game mania swept the country. That was just the beginning, of course. That crude ball-and-paddle game launched several generations of innovative electronic entertainment, culminating in today's ultra realistic, fast-paced console games.
A new study suggests that any amount of video gaming and TV is too much, if it happens on a school night.# The results come from a survey of 4,500 middle-school students in New Hampshire and Vermont. Researchers asked the students to rate their own performance in school on a scale ranging from "below average" to "excellent," instead of looking directly at their grades or other metrics... [continues]
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