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If you're looking for something to do today then kick your feet up and relax because it's Video Games Day!  As if you weren't already going to play them today, right?  Let's get right into celebrating Video Games Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

I'm not sure why this day was chosen but any day is good enough for a celebration like this because video games have been loved for years! It doesn't matter which video game platform you play on, to be considered a true gamer you put in many hours of game play a week. It's fun, it's addicting and so many people are playing these games so why not celebrate it, right? You can always use another excuse to fire up your game system anyway.  Video games are young when you look at them in terms of our total history but they've rocketed to popularity so fast! The first video game popped up back in 1947 when Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann applied for a patent for a "Cathode ray tube Amusement Device". Sounds pretty amusing! And there was actually a game out in 1958 called Tennis for Two that used an oscilloscope as a display.

But, as with most electronic gadgets, video games evolved so quickly! I started out playing games like Indiana Jones on an Atari then hopped over to playing Oregon Trail on Apple computers in elementary school. Then I got hooked playing my neighbor's Nintendo and eventually their Super Nintendo too. I then upgraded to playing PC games that required those big floppy discs. Then along came Bond competitions on the Nintendo 64, hours of Tony Hawk on the PlayStation, and then eventually I bought my very own Xbox. New systems come out so often and the games keep pouring out nonstop; it's an addiction to entertainment that will never end!  Have any good cheat codes? ;)

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you already have a video game system then plan on playing that baby all day! Take the day off, order pizza and get to gaming. Heck, invite some friends over so that you don't seem like too much of a hermit. Or, you can always connect with your friends online and play with them that way. Yep, that means you don't need to put pants on today if you don't want to!

But why don't you treat yourself a little today and get that video game you've been dying to play for a while? Or maybe rent a video game that's been getting some awesome reviews. Since you're going to be going at it all day, why don't you try and beat the whole game today? But that might be impossible with some games, so you may need to set a smaller goal.   And you can always compete with your friends to see who can reach that goal the fastest. Or if you have games like Halo or even the old school Bond you can have competitions to see who is the best gamer. You can take it seriously if you want and set up a tournament where the winner gets a hefty gift card to their favorite video game store. Some colorful words may be thrown but I'm sure you'll all be having fun!  Have a great day and stop moving your hands; you don't have a Wii!





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