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|I recently took a trip down memory lane when I came across a free online games site by chance. I am now in my forties and playing video games is not really my 'thing' any more. But whilst I was doing some research for a software developer I happened upon one of the many games sites now available online.
I was amazed at the variety of free games now available to the consumer. Its a far cry from the first games when your only choice was table - tennis or 'Pong'as it was called. You did have a choice Jeison Murillo Colombia Jersey , you could play single or doubles! Its no wonder that when 'Space Invaders' came out in 1980 that it was such a big hit. Saying that, not even I remember the very first games which are documented as being conceived at MIT in 1961. 'Spacewars' as it was called was a computing exercise at the time and it would be twenty years before the full extent of the commercialism of games would be realized.
We have, of course, been playing games for centuries. The first recorded games of note were the Olympiads of Ancient Greece. Thought to date back to before the records show James Rodriguez Colombia Jersey , the first games started in 776 B.C. and took place every four years for nearly 1200 years until Theodosius I, a Christian roman emperor abolished them. It would take 1500 years before they would be revived again and the first modern olympics would take place in Athens, Greece in 1896 as homage to the original founders.
The playing of games though may be traced back even further than the Olympics. There is a more primal issue at work involved in the playing of games. It can be related to tribal behaviour in the earliest forms of man where competition for dominance and leadership of the tribe were fought out in competition. Even earlier than this and more primeval is the very nature of evolution and the need to reproduce. The expression 'Survival of the fittest' can be as easily attributed to gaming as it can to Darwin's Theory of Evolution. The winner takes all mentality is ingrained in all of us from birth as part of our genetic make-up.
So it is not surprising that with the coming of the computer age that mans innate need to satisfy the desire for competition has found a new horizon on the internet. Free online games can now be found to meet all genres of sport. Whilst there may be concern for the hours that our children spend playing such games, it is not surprising as they are just finding the most accessible form of playing out their most basic of instincts.
The gaming business has come along way from the early days of invention at MIT. It matured through the console wars when the big players such as Nintendo and Sony did battle with Microsoft and X-Box. The future Guillermo Celis Colombia Jersey , as with most industries today, lies with the development of the internet and the integration of the computer into our televisions and phones and who knows where else. What we can be sure of though, is that wherever the evolution of gaming ends up, our most primal of instinct will be there forcing us to compete. So in the best tradition of the Olympiads Fredy Guarin Colombia Jersey , Let the games begin!
[Photo provided to chinadaily] The Guan Octagonal Vase of Southern Song [Photo provided to chinadaily] The Meiyintang 'Chicken Cup' [Photo provided to chinadaily] The Imperial Embroidered Silk Thangka of Yongle Period The sizable panel, measuring 3.3 plus 2.1 meters, stands as a testimony to the Ming Dynasty’s exquisite embroidery techniques and textile art. The gold threads were woven with colored silk threads. It portrays the wrathful image of Raktayamari in the center, in brilliant red tones. It bears an imperial Yongle presence mark. It fetched HK$348 million ($45.14 million) at a Sotheby's sale in November. Liu said in a public speech later that it is his first thangka. "I’ve been purchasing art for 20 years Frank Fabra Colombia Jersey , and none of them enthralls me (as much as the Yongle thangka). I felt that I was so small standing before it (at the sale’s preview)." [Photo provided to chinadaily]
Chinese self-made billionaire Liu Yiqian, 52, has made headlines in the last few years, not for making big business deals but rather Felipe Aguilar Colombia Jersey , for splashing out great sums of money at art auctions worldwide.
Liu’s latest spending spree is a Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) vase that cost him HK$113.9 million ($14.6 million) in Hong Kong. He defeated another seven bidders at Sotheby’s spring sale on April 7. He bought the vase in the name of the Shanghai Long Museum, which he co-founded with his wife Wang Wei.
The museum has two locations in Shanghai, and has displayed several of his collections which were auctioned off at record-breaking prices.
The Guan Octagonal Vase of Southern Song
The vase sets a rare example of the products from the Guan kiln (official ware) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Guan is among the five prestigious kilns of the Song Dynasty whose porcelains have a reputation for excellence.
The bluish-green vase is distinguished with a web of veins of large-scale crackle. The great technical challenges meant that perfect pieces were rare Farid Diaz Colombia Jersey , making the style one of the most widely admired and sought after Chinese porcelains.
Liu bought it for HK$113.9 million ($14.6 million) at Sotheby’s spring sale to add to the Long Museum’s collection.
The Meiyintang 'Chicken Cup'
The porcelain cup, only 8.2 centimeters high, marks the pinnacle of the Chenghua style of porcelain-making, in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was fashioned with the doucai method Edwin Cardona Colombia Jersey , featuring a contrast of overglaze enamel with underglaze outlines. It boasts rich tones including yellow, red, olive green and underglaze blue.
Less than 20 genuine Chenghua chicken cups are in existence and only four are kept in private hands. Liu paid $36 million for the cup at Sotheby’s Hong Kong sale last April, setting a record for Chinese porcelain at auction.
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