Do you remember when Super Nintendo was THE thing to own when we were young children? How about the countless number of hours you spent playing Super Mario World on that system [Super Nintendo], every weekend, for weeks on end? It’s hard to think that we’ve come a long way from the 63MHz graphics that the N64 brought us (Xbox 360 has a graphic display of 500MHz!), all in a span that just over a decade.
Trips to Best Buy or Wal Mart to buy the just-released video game that you HAD to have that second? Please: You can download games from your Xbox360 or PS3 while sitting in the comfort of your own home (Internet connection is required, though).
The same can be said for the evolution of music and movies over the last decade. No longer do you have to drive to the nearest store that carries CD’s if you want Fun’s newest album; iTunes and Amazon allow you to buy and download one song on the album, or the entire album, all with a few clicks of the mouse.
Movies have received the second-best series of upgrades out of the three. Blockbuster went out of business when the start of this once-unknown-company-called-Netflix exploded, becoming a multi-billion dollar enterprise. For a mere 10 dollars a month, you can watch as many movies and/or TV shows as you desire, anywhere you go, all on your laptop. Are you a season behind on The Walking Dead? Not to worry: Watch the entire second season in one go with your Netflix account.
The point I’m trying to make is this: In only 10-or-so years we have gone from primitive entertainment options, to convenience and graphic “awesomeness” (referring mainly towards video game consoles) that hasn’t been surpassed since it became the standard years ago. Microsoft and Sony are supposed to be unveiling their new systems later this year (XBox 720, and PS4 are their unofficial names), but with graphics as amazing as their current systems, how can they possibly get any better? It’s beyond exciting to see what the future of technology holds for all of us.