Boom! The rise of First-Person Shooter (FPS) games over the last few years has been a sight for sore bloodshot geek-eyes. New generations of grommet gamers are becoming familiar with First-Person-Shooters, often at the expense of Pops, opening a full can of whup-*$% on him in the process.
As a genre, First-Person Shooters have proliferated through the gaming world like weapons of mass destruction. Within the category of First-Person Shooters, multiple sub-genres of games have sprung up around different playing styles, ranging from realistic military adventures such as Call of Duty and Counterstrike to mythic science fiction-style games like Titanfall and Destiny.
With the spread of FPS games, the field is wide open for gamers and the popularity of the genre has elevated the quality to a new level. It was only a matter of time before the trend of FPS and MLG games caught on! Let’s take a look through our scope-sight and draw a bead on some of the more notorious FPS games and gear over time.
Arcade venues didn’t have to be especially fancy or techie back then, and the same is true today. In fact, often it’s quite the opposite: arcades can be in pizza parlors, bowling alleys, skating rinks, you name it. It doesn’t matter. See, gamers are looking at the game, not the room! Basically, as long as a room has power, it can become an arcade. (Of course, air conditioning is a definite plus.) And back in the day, if you had a roll of quarters, then you were good to go!
Over time, the concept of the arcade has evolved from a communal type of place to a communal style of gaming console.
Early First-Person Shooter Games
The very first 3D multiplayer game, Spasim (short for Space Simulation), launched in 1974. Spasim creator Jim Bowery has since offered a $500 reward to anyone who could document an earlier example of a multiplayer 3D virtual reality game!
As technology caught up, eventually this style of game caught on and achieved mass popularity.
According to the Wikipedia entry, Wolfenstein 3D is credited with creating the First-Person Shooter genre proper in 1992 and “the basic archetype upon which subsequent titles were based.”
FPS games today offer a different-player perspective, which was revolutionary at the time it was introduced and helped boost the reputation of the games in general, which spread across the globe.
Advances in graphics and faster processing power turned 3D gaming into a more immersive, believable experience. In addition, the ability of networking online provides players with exciting and fresh opportunities to compete with one another through virtual gaming communities.
The First-Person Shooter genre has come a lot way from its origins in vector 3D gaming. Part of the success has come from incorporating innovations introduced by other genres. It’s now possible for FPS games to take advantage of features such as:
- Cooperative play
- Character progression systems
- Unlockable weaponry
- Additional game-play modes
These features also complement social networking, voice chat, and others that made First-Person Shooters very dynamic.
Modern First-Person Shooter games represent both a collaboration of various leading technologies and an evolution of early pioneering ideas.
No doubt we can expect many more technological conquests from this genre, with games developed for all types players.