Living in a culture that is overly reliant on mass media definitely has its perks, as we are in the position to choose from various media platforms and providers like iTunes Movie Rentals, YouTube, Netflix and Torrents. Gone are the days of running to Blockbuster to grab a movie and candy – which can be attributed to the take over by such online media giants as Apple and Netflix. Society is now facing a new chapter in mass media, and whether we like it or not we must now place our loyalty in the hands of yet another large, internet based, money grab corporation, but the question is: which one has the consumers best interest at heart?
If you have ever had the fortune of finding your parent’s childhood video game console, you can appreciate how spoiled we are. Games like pong and space invaders are laughed at by children today for their all around simplicity but in the early days of home consoles, that was it. Graphics? Yeah right. Special Controllers? A single joy-stick was as special as they came. As for sound effects, you’d be lucky to get a beep; forget about explosions, gunfire and actual words. It’s no secret that video games have advanced far beyond most entertainment sources but what do all these features and gadgets mean to society? Before we dive into the exploration of modern day consoles, here’s a little background information.