Not your parent#039;s video games

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 29, 2004

I grew up in the 80's so I was growing up during the Nintendo years. And believe me, I was a big proponent of the Nintendo movement and have pretty much owned a gaming system since then.

Now playing Nintendo sports games had their flaws. One of the early games was Professional Wrestling.

That's it, that it's name right there.

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You chose one of like five characters and wrestled against the same people only in different colored clothes each time.

Then came the Sega Genesis with Joe Montana Football.

You could play 18 teams and had five plays to choose from, but still the game evolved.

Now it's nearly 20 years later and like everything else, sports video games have evolved.

EA Sports has become one of the largest video game producers in the world, so large that they now hold the name for possibly one of the most famous races on the NASCAR circuit.

In the professional sports games like Madden 2005 and MVP Baseball 2004 gamers have the opportunity to manage athletes and basically walk a mile in the shoes of some famous owners.

In baseball you can be Theo Epstein and own the Boston Red Sox.

In Madden, you could become Al Davis and bring the Oakland Raiders back to prominence in the NFL or if they don't succeed in Oakland move them to another city. You can even add-on or rebuild the stadium.

Even the newest NCAA football game for Playstation 2 has players managing grades and program standards just like athletic directors do. If a guy skips a class you can sit him out for a quarter. And if your program is really bad, the NCAA will come in and sanction you.

And the list goes on and on about what is going into these games.

I just read a review about the new Smackdown! Vs. Raw game that is coming out the first of November. This game is going to be the first wrestling game of it's kind to have online capabilities.

It's just amazing to sit back and look at the evolution of technology.

I seriously can't wait to see what the games are like when i have grandkids.

It's that simple.