The Video Games Journey – A South Asian Perspective

Let’s go back to the early days of video games. In 1958, when William Higinbotham created a video game called Tennis for Two on a large analogue computer, who would have thought that after 60 to 70 years, video gaming would be a billion-dollar industry worldwide. 

Today, in 2021, the video gaming industry is worth billion dollars. According to Statista, by 2023, the entire video gaming market is expected to worth 200 billion U.S. dollars. 

Video games have come a very long way. The home gaming console concept came in quite earlier with the release of “The Brown Box”, A prototype multiplayer, multiprogram video game system that could be played on a television. The home console went on to many phases. Video gaming was majorly confined to personal computers and Atari in the late 70’s and late ’80s.

With technological advancements, various state of the art personal computer and home consoles emerged before us, namely PlayStation by Sony Computer Entertainment System and XBOX by Microsoft. On the side, Personal computers kept on thriving as well in the PC gaming market. 

Mobile gaming was first introduced to the world back in 1994, but in the truest sense, Nokia introduced mobile gaming by launching the snake game for different models back in 1997.

Today, there are millions of video games alone on smartphones with massively popular video games like Eve Echoes ISK, OSRS boosting and WoW Classic boosting, BDO account to name a few. 

In terms of response and reception by gamers worldwide, the video gaming industry is skyrocketing day by day. During the pandemic lockdown last year, video games even surpassed movies in terms of reception and earning. Many industries collapsed during this pandemic, but the video gaming industry thrived big time, particularly due to its nature, i.e. the ultimate non-stop entertainment.

While video games have expanded their roots from the Pacific Ocean to Arabian and the Mediterranean Shores, if I talk about the South Asian Region, particularly India and Pakistan, both markets are thriving extremely well in video games as time is progressing. When it comes to the Indian market, the Indian video gaming industry was around 90 billion rupees in 2020. Major video games developers like Ubisoft has opened a studio in Pune, India. 

If we talk about Pakistan, video games had been considered just a casual time-pass hobby for a long time. Today, several local video game developers are operation in big cities of Pakistan. These developers are busy producing and publishing several mobile video games. The game development technology in Pakistan is still in its early years, but the encouraging sign is that its progressing rapidly, and people are taking this business quite seriously now.

As far as gamers are concerned in Pakistan, they were always in huge numbers since the early ’90s. The most popular classic video games in Pakistan in the early ’90s were Super Mario on Atari, Dangerous Dave and Prince of Persia 1 on a 386 computer. Street Fighter was also one of the most popular games here. With the launching of next-generation consoles and smartphones, all amazing games are being played on multiple platforms. 

Video games, in particular also gone through many developmental phases. The 2D versions used to be the entire world for the gamers. Then 3D games burst into the scene. One on one went on to multiplayer. Open World games like EFT boosting, BDO boosting, and PoE Orbs came to the gaming world. And other popular online games like Warframe Platinum, ESO Gold.

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What technological advancement you think about eventually takes place after some years. Personally, when I first played Resident Evil 2 back in 1999, I imagined a gaming technology where I could virtually feel that I am in the game myself. After 15 years or so, I read the Virtual Reality (VR) announcement on my office’s computer screen. Isn’t it surreal?  With the advent of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology, games cannot get any more immersive. However, the journey continues and we never know what surprise we have in the coming years.