Its 30 years from the first home videogaming console this year. Happy birthday Odyssey (later bought by Philips/Magnavox). We had one of those consoles, I believe it was the first Odyssey in Finland (it was on the US TV NTSC standard obviously, so even after the adapter to our TV set, we only got the black-and-white version visible on our TV screen, haha, but it being essentially ten variations of 'Pong' - that was not much of a loss. And yeah, this was the game where you had to place a translucent plastic sheet on the TV screen, to know which game you were playing. A few years later, we got the more advanced Philips/Magnavox Odyssey 200, which was on the European PAL standard and plugged directly to our TV set.. Our household was very popular for all the cool gadgets we always had haha)
So, fast forward 30 years, and we're now in 2012. I just saw Patryk Zabicki ie @p47 on Twitter forward a breaking story about the world championships in videogaming. Didn't you know they exist? Sure, the world champs tend to come from South Korea where there are tons of professional videogamers and several TV stations broadcast videogaming action 24 hours a day. I wrote about that all in my 2007 book Digital Korea with Jim O'Reilly, in the gaming chapter.
So yes, the world championships in videogaming are called the World Cyber Games (WCG). And today the Cadred website reports that after 12 years, the World Cyber Games this year will for the first time abandon the other platforms, in particular the PC based gaming, and will only feature championship gaming and thus championships in mobile games. Why? Because traditional game makers are all shifting to mobile. Why is that? We know, haha, because as I say about the 7th Mass Medium: "Mobile is the magical money-making machine" of course. Yes, the CEO of the WCG, Brad Lee explains in his letter to members that game makers are all increasingly making most of their money from mobile. Hence the current plan (not yet finalized) for the WCG is to make this year's event a mobile gaming only event where all prizes will be for games on mobile. Cool!