By Rose “rina” Chai and Molly “M.E.O.W.” Naaktgeboren, Staff Writers

As you read this, chances are that you might be on your cellular device or, even more old school, an actual laptop. If you are like most people these days, we bet a fair amount of money that on your device is an app or game. Maybe it’s Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, or solitaire. Regardless, these games fill small amounts of time, or end up consuming hours of your life at a given time. Again, with fair certainty, we can assume that you celebrated Video Games Day, which was on July 8, without even knowing it!

So what is Video Games Day? Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market and changed the way kids play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide hours of playing time on your TV set and computer screen.

In your grandma and grandpa’s day, they had stick horses for toys and playtime. Today, kids – big and little – have an enormous array of video games to play. Before you get tired of one game, another one hits the market.

How do you celebrate?

What better way to celebrate Video Games Day than by playing video games?! If you are off from school (or if you are a big kid off from work), make this a marathon day for video games. Better still, invite a few friends and hold a competition. Just make sure that you have enough controllers!

This form of media has since taken off from when it was first developed in the early 1950s. From a single ball bouncing back and forth, to complex 3D games and puzzles, there is something for everyone out there. Whether you’re into sports, cooking, or brainteasers, all you have to do is walk to your local GameStop or video game store and take a look around! A few great games that come highly recommended would be Persona 5, and especially Batman: Arkham Knight. Even if these aren’t what you are into, the spiced scenes from the latter’s plot are definitely worth a watch. Spoilers: It’s about 5 hours long. Brace yourself if you dive into it.

Some really great consoles that we love are the Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS XL. The Xbox One comes with a built-in Blu-ray player and the graphics from the console are amazing. Some games that are great on the Xbox are the Call of Duty series, Halo, and any of the Lego games. If you’re a gold member with Xbox One, you are also entitled to free games on the first of each month. This month: Assassin’s Creed. There is also an amazing game called Smite, where players can battle online as different gods and do various conquests. And let’s not forget about Xbox One’s counterpart, the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation also comes with a built-in Blu-ray and supports numerous independent games from up-and-coming gaming developers.

With the Nintendo 3DS XL, players are able to relive some childhood by playing as a Pokémon trainer in Pokémon: Alpha Sapphire. If you love puzzles, a game that might interest you is the Professor Layton series. Each series presents a new mystery for gamers to solve and you go on an adventure to solve the mystery and must solve puzzles along the way. It’s a great way to have fun and give your brain an exercise! Also, Smash Bros. Brawl came out last year and everyone is still obsessed, so there is still time to hop on that wagon! On top of that, when you have a 3DS, you get “street passes” so you meet other people’s characters (fondly called Miis) from different states and countries! So while you might be running to the nearest convenience store to grab some Mountain Dew Code Red, the official gamer drink of choice, you could also be meeting someone new!

So, enough talk. Turn on that console and game on!


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