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Video Games on Popular culture

There is hardly anyone who doesn’t know about video games. Everyone is fond of videogames. It might not be their passion, but they are somehow interested into video games. Ever since the introduction of videogames icon the world of pop culture, it has been one of the leading icons in the entertainment business. It has revolutionized digital entertainment. From elderly people to young kids everyone seems to be attracted to videogames. The evolution of video games started from mid 1980 and ever since the very perspective of people regarding digital entertainment has changed.

Everything starts with theories and later it takes it’s evolved from. Same goes with videogames. Videogames were also started with their own theories and with the help of these theories various popular video game titles were released. Video games follow theories of heroism and theories of survival. “If we look back into the history of videogames”, even the earliest hit titles like The Super Mario Bros. (1985) and The Pac-Man (1979) seems to follow the theory of heroism and survival. Now, talking about Super Mario Bros. the main character sets out on a journey to save Princess Peach from the evil clutches of Bowser (a turtle like villain). The Pac- Man is totally survival game. He has to devour all the dots and bonus fruits inside the maze but has to survive form many ghost and goblins or he will be devoured instantly. One of the most interesting finding from my analysis is to see the development of theories of videogames through out the history of videogames. Similarly, holding these theories of videogames, many well renowned videogames titles have been released resulting videogame industry. Therefore, it has been one of the most revenue earning industry in the global market. The other fascinating finding from my analysis is that videogames helps gamers to relive their fantasy of being a hero. Everyone dreams of being    hero and videogames made it all possible through the adventure made by character of videogames.

However, pop culture topic of video games is totally different from other pop culture topics because it makes people relive their fantasy as being a hero. Even though the perilous journey is completed using joystick/controller but the excitement received form adventure is priceless. It is cause of these exciting feelings that draw hundreds of new gamers into the world of videogames. I started playing videogames when I was 8, and I am still playing it. I love the emotion of saving the world from evil force. I love the excitement of surviving from the assault of monsters. “On top of that” I love the feeling of being a hero. And I am not the only one who feels this way because there are millions who feels the same way as I do.


A Similar formula in video games: “Tips and Tricks”

The only one work that hits our mind when we hear about formula is mathematics. To me formula are some set of guide lines or rules which, when followed correctly results in completion of any common task? Ray b. Browne has compared formula to be like a road map providing guide lines regarding where one wants to go and which road to use in making a journey (2005). Every little task done regularly has their definite formulas involved like when doing assignments, operating computer or laptops and even during exercise. Video games have their proven formulas involved.

Hence, video game has its own definite story line led by a sole protagonist or a group of heroes. Such as the main character n video games always had one similar formula either to save love one from villains or to save the world from demonic forces.  Similarly, these tips and tricks formulas had been involved in video games i.e. Mario games series from Nintendo. This is a classic series released worldwide under the title Donkey Kong (Arcade, 1981). Later it gained its popularity from the Super Mario Bros title (Nintendo Entertainment System, 1985) in the succeeding year. This popular” video game” series has taken its step into various cartoon series while having its native title developed.

A formula is the very foundation of completion of any work. It can be seen observed in every step of our day to day life. This remarkable formula is passed down to us from the generation divided from which we come from. Some formulas stayed the same and some got developed over the years. As mentioned earlier, formulas are involved in every action that we perform “every day”, and this is what makes the way of our life.


Browne, R. B. (2005). Profiles of popular culture. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press