Push Start.

I don’t know if you’ve been living under a rock but Madden was released earlier this week.

For the foreseeable future people across this great nation will log in numerous hours building franchises, challenging friends, and trying to recreate highlights that they see on Sunday.

Madden is just a small section of what has become a recent phenomenon for a lot but a “business as usual” for others. The power of gaming has been felt for decades. Many friendships have been strengthened, and ruined, by video games.

Why is that?

Games bring out a side of a person that’s usually tucked away. A side that’s highly competitive, intense, funny, and many other emotions. Games help people blow off steam. It’s a safe way to express yourself without repercussion.

For some, gaming is a way of life.

With esports on the verge of becoming the next big thing gaming has also turned into a community. A place where people can connect no matter how far they are apart. Gaming has made the world smaller, mostly in a good way. Sure, you’ll deal with trolls but that’s everywhere now.

Gaming also lets people experience new worlds and explore places that we could only dream of. We get to be our favorite characters and walk in their shoes.

The best part? Gaming is only getting better. With enhanced systems, better graphics, and virtual reality on this is definitely the golden age for gaming.

As always, thanks for reading.      

The Death of an Empire

Another Thanksgiving gone, another Black Friday has passed.

Not too long ago Black Friday was a time when shoppers could get the best deals of the year. TVs, game consoles, and many other items were flying off shelves faster than your grandmother’s apple pie. This year black friday sales haven’t been successful as previous years.

Why is that?

There are many. A lot of people, including myself, would rather wait and do all of our shopping on Cyber Monday. It’s easier, more convenient, and you don’t have to end Thanksgiving Dinner early to go stand in the cold. Other factors have contributed to the decline of Black Friday as well. Many stores started their sales weeks before and even extended them. People are finally realizing that Black Friday is nothing more than hype now. After seeing post on social media over the years of fights and other disorderly instances happening in stores, people would rather stay at home and shop later. Throw in the fact that many people are starting to realize people actually have to work on Thanksgiving just so they can save on a few items probably isn’t the best way to build karma.

I say all that to say this:

Black Friday is dying.

When Black Friday was all the rave there was one key component to its success. People can get a great deal but the window was small and the supply was minimal. I wasn’t too big on economics but I do know that the smaller the supply the more demand there is for it. If Target only has 25 TVs for a low price then the demand (people showing up to buy) will increase. By starting sales early and keeping them throughout the holidays lessens the need to stand in line late Thursday night. People can buy the same TV online or go to the store when they have the time.

Who knows, Black Friday may one day become obsolete.

As always, thanks for reading.