To my surprise when opening Snapchat a few hours ago, there’s currently a ‘National Video Game Day’ Snap filter featuring Super Mario Odyssey.
This day appears to be specific to American culture (although there’s no reason why we can’t celebrate it) and appears to be about allowing gamers to reminisce about their earliest days playing video games.
We’ve included the history of the day as well as how you should celebrate it below. At the very least, we’d recommend jumping onto Snapchat and taking a picture with the funky Super Mario Odyssey filter before it disappears.
History of Video Games Day
The history of Video Games Day is really the history of the video game, and that history goes back much farther than most people imagine. The first game ever created is often thought to be Bertie the Brain, an artificial intelligence designed to play Tic-Tac-Toe. Considering that Bertie was a 4 meter high machine built on vacuum tube technology, you can imagine it didn’t get out much, in fact, it was disassembled after the Canadian National Exhibition it was revealed at, and never rebuilt. A year later a computer was built called Nimrod, Nimrod was a computer built and displayed at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and designed to play a game called Nim
How to celebrate Video Games Day
Celebrating Video Games Day is both easy and fun, get together with your friends and play a bunch of video games! Dig out some of your old consoles and play favorites you haven’t touched in ages, and share them with the newest generation of gamers, or friends who just haven’t seen them. If you want to go all out you can even play an event at a local college or hall and have a bunch of people get together with game themed food and costumes, and of course decorations. Video Games Day is an excuse to go down a path of digital reminiscence, do it with a friend.