Video games have been deeply embedded in popular culture since they took off in the 1970s and 1980s, when they became more affordable and easily accessible to everyone. From then, video game development has become more technologically innovative and has advanced the art of the game. Big arcade machines are now compact consoles and handheld devices that can be played from anywhere, connecting millions of people around the world.
Not only is gaming a hobby for millions, it has, in recent years, become a profitable profession too. Through organised gaming leagues and online streaming, more and more budding gamers are launching careers within the gaming sphere. The growth from when gaming started, to where it is now and where it will continue to go as technology gets even better deserves celebration, which is why gamers have declared 8 July an unofficial holiday to honour the gaming industry, Video Game Day.
Whether you’re a video game fanatic or not, Video Game Day gives you the chance to get in on all the action and embrace the exciting virtual world. Video Game Day is not only easy to celebrate but also a lot of fun to partake in. All you need to do is fire up your gaming console of choice, load in your favourite video game and immerse yourself in the incredible graphics. Or you can get together with gamers across the world, for gaming marathons or gaming conventions.
It’s also the perfect excuse to spend time with friends and family, engaging in friendly competition over a video game or two. Or for making new friends in the gaming space. And it’s the best time to learn more about video games, gaming development and exploring future careers within the gaming industry.
In celebration of Video Game Day, UCT Online High School hosted a fun-filled afternoon for their learners, jam packed with all their favourite video games.
The event also brought out Southern Hemisphere Tekken Champion, Miguel Macabi, a pro gamer from Mozambique who has made a name for himself by competing in a number of gaming tournaments. Macabi went up against Grade 10 learner, Omolemo Masibi. In a fierce battle of Tekken, UCT Online High School’s Grade 10 learner came out victorious against the Southern Hemisphere Tekken Champ. Masibi went home a winner with a brand new PS4 double motor controller.
Want to get in on the fun of UCT Online High School? Applications are now open for 2023. Apply here to join their growing community of learners and guardians.