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Gaming's Not A Fad - A Brief History (In Song)
Posted on Wednesday, September 12 2012 @ 16:03:42 Eastern

This member blog post was promoted to the GameRevolution homepage.

[Since KevinS is a writer for us, this won't be considered to win Vox Pop. But I still think it's fantastic! ~Ed. Nick]

I was bored one evening, and before I knew it I had this all written out.  If you enjoy it, let me know in the comments... I'm pretty pleased with it!

(to the tune of "I'm My Own Grandpa" by Lorenzo and Oscar, click on the link to listen to the song)

It's sounds silly, I know
but it really is so!
Gaaaaaming's not a fad!

Many, many years ago in 1972
Magnavox empowered Odyssey inside a vacuum tube
They pioneered the industry of gaming on TV
with Ralph Baer holding patents, suing everyone indeed.
But Atari soldiered on with Alcorn making arcade Pong
and inspired me in writing up this silly little song!
Fairchild C&I may have invented separate carts
but Atari took control and kicked then in their wallet parts
with VCS, their entry into independent space
and lost tread to Activision in the independence race.
Then Space Invaders came out and it took a hundred yen
that's about the time we found out that arcades were heaven-sent!

Gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Oh gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Sounded silly back then
but the game's back again!
Gaaaaaming's not a fad!

In 1980, PAC-MAN came a-chompin' through the land
and the critics started thinking games were really just a fad
In 1983 they may have just been proven right
when ET came out and nearly killed the market overnight.
About that time, Nintendo gamers never lost their stride
with the FamiCom and TVs advertising mustache rides.
Super Mario controlling players all abound the land
and the US stores were chomping at the bit to get their hand
on the mushroom-filled sensation that would sweep the USA
and resuscitate the industry to what we see today
Metroid and Castlevania, Kid Ic to name a few
and to record sales proving that our playing wasn't through!

Gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Oh gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Sounded silly back then
but the game's back again!
Gaaaaaming's not a fad!

Oh when the 1990s came and arcades began to die,
Sub-Zero and Chun-Li would fight to keep them still alive.
Super N-E-S and Genesis were chugging right along
killing NeoGeo and 3DO to keep alive my song!
With Mario and Sonic kept their platform chasing quick
the PC games like Doom were making motion players sick.
The PSOne and Saturn quickly took over the fight
with Nintendo's 64-bit monster late into the light.
Sony took the victory, but at the decade's end
Sega's Dreamcast shocked the world with Sonic's second-coming trend
Too bad it couldn't bring them back, but awesome was their plight
PS2 was on horizon and left DC in the night.

Gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Oh gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Sounded silly back then
but the game's back again!
Gaaaaaming's not a fad!

Now into the millennium, the console race anew
as the heavy-hitter Microsoft decided to come too.
Bringing out the Xbox and when flipping it around
with 3D models breaking new developmental ground.
The Gamecube wasn't quite the hit Nintendo sought to find
so they tried a new approach and called for players to unwind.
"Invite the fam and come on over, bowl a little game!
It's a controller, but Wii all know it just isn't quite the same!"
Xbox the 360 is the Mass Effect machine
taking shots at good ol' PS3's Blu-Ray capabilities
With WiiU, the PS4 and 720 close at hand
The battle be-gins once again, now come strike up… the… baaaaaaaand!

Gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Oh gaaaaaming's not a fad!
Sounded silly back then
but the game's back again!
Gaaaaaming's not a fad!

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