Video Game Culture: Driving the World Crazy


The digital age and the new media brought along with them the culture of video games. With the growth in internet penetration and use of advanced computers, the craze over digitally driven games have not only expanded, but also developed. They have affected a wide range of age group; the average age of gamers being 30, according to the Entertainment Software Association. While previously, only young boys were thought to have been immersed in the video game culture, now women and children too have growingly begun to take to it.

What was television to the young generation 10 to 15 years ago are video games for the youth today. Earlier, there used to be video game parlours in almost every corner of every city in the country. However, now with computers and laptops becoming a necessity in the digital age, such parlours have become obsolete with almost all gamers owning personal PC of their own, especially in big cities. Video game parlours however are still found in small cities that are not digitally influenced and computers are still viewed as a luxury item. Nonetheless, this fact has not stopped youngster in these cities to visit such parlours going long hours, sometimes without food, only gaming.

Here are five great games that drove the world crazy:


  • Halo


The Halo series is a military-based multi-billion science fiction series that continues to dominate the video game industry till date. The game is published by Microsoft Studios on the platform provided by Xbox. The series has four parts to it and is soon to be developed into a television series and a movie as well.


  • Assassin Creed


Assassin Creed is an action-adventure game, based on historical fiction. The game has been developed for both single and multiple players, being published by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Annecy respectively. The game is available on various platforms like Xbox, PlayStation 3 and 4, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and few others.  The game currently has eight main games to its series.

  • Call of Duty

Call of Duty is a first-person and third-person video game published by Activism and available on Microsoft Widows, PlayStation 2, 3, 4, Portable and Vita, Xbox and few others. In the beginning the game was principally set in the Second World War.

  • Need for Speed

Need for Speed is a car racing video game that is published by Electronic Arts. This is considered as the most prominent racing car game in the world till date. The game has an entire series to it. To the delight of car-lovers, Need for Speed allows the gamer to customise the car’s body. The game is available on an array of platforms.

  • Grand Theft Auto (GTA)

GTA is an adventure-based action video game series published by Rockstar Games. The series is available on various platforms. The game has many elements to it which includes adventure, driving, action and shooting, role-playing, and racing, giving the gamer almost an all-round gaming experience. The series is set on fictional settings that have been developed on the model of American cities. The game is highly popular over a wide range of age group and also among women.

Pallavi Sharma

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