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Major headlines this week:

  • 'Overwatch' partners with Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Free 'Dragon Ball FighterZ' update adds new features
  • Burnout Revenge races into Xbox One backwards compatibility
  • 'Conan Exiles' releases on PC and Consoles
  • Rumour: Rocksteady to announce Superman open world game?
  • 'Destiny 2' headlines latest Humble Monthly
  • 'Minecraft' getting physical release soon
  • Virtual Console not coming to Nintendo Switch

What games should you play?

From "Super Mario Bros." to "Skyrim" and "Minecraft" to "Call of Duty" there is so much happening in the world ofgames. New releases are around every corner and a big news story could drop at any minute. Whether you are a console, PC or smartphonegamer, there is something for everyone is this electric wonderland. It doesn't matter if you enjoy FPS games, match-3, or a long RPG, there is something that you are going to enjoy.

What's the history of video games?

That is a tough one.Video gameshave a long and varied history. It is thought that the first video game was created by Physicist William Higinbotham and that it was a simple tennisgamein the same vein as the 1970s classic "Pong." From there it wasn't until the 1970s that video games start to see their popularity and number increase. It was thanks to the arcades that games like "Tank" and "Pong" could thrive. After that, it wasn't long before we saw other classicgameslike "Space Invaders" and "Breakout" became common arcade hits.

The golden age of arcadevideo gamesis considered to be between 1978-1982. During this time other classics were released with games like "Pac Man," "Donkey Kong," and "Galaga" cementing their way into the hearts ofgamers. Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, the second generation of home consoles were released with arcade titles being ported across to these systems.

The third generation onwards is where people started to really take notice ofvideo games. This saw the release of the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. However, it is the NES that won people's hearts. Games from the NES are still played today and formed the foundation for many of Nintendo's franchises with games like "The Legend of Zelda," "Metroid," and "Mario Bros." From this point, you can start to see the world ofgamingwe know today take shape.

What's happening in the world of gaming?

The largestvideo gameshow in the world, E3, happens every June. This is where many of the years biggest announcements are made and where we get a first glimpse of what to expect in the future. All of the major games publishers, developers and hardware manufacturers take part in E3 each year with major showings from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and many others. Throughout the show, there is constant coverage of the events including anygameannouncements.

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