Broken Thumbs: Great year for gamers

By Mike Swenson

2011 is officially behind us and with it, the close of one of the greatest years in gaming his­tory. With epic titles such as Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Mod­ern Warfare 3, and Uncharted 3, it’s easy to see that video games are truly a retail force to be reckoned with. Whether you’re a gamer or not, odds are someone you know is.

Over 70% of American house­holds have a video game console of some sort, and these days most kids are using your smart phone more than you ever will.

In an age of digital overwhelming­ness, it’s easy to get frustrated and to brush it off like the snow on the hood of the car. All I can say is don’t be afraid. Consoles these days are so much more than arcades and are be­ing redesigned around the home and family.

All 3 major consoles (PS3, XBox360, and Wii) now have the ability to stream movies, music, and share photos. And soon, more Internet applications will be making their way into your home as well.

Keyboards will be replaced with touch pads, monitors replaced by glasses, speakers replaced by high def 7.1 surround headphones…it’s all evolution of the revolution. So with that, I say embrace it. Let your child embrace it, as our generation did in the 80’s.

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