My name is Herb Seward, and I'm a gamer. Video games have been part of my life since I was blessed enough to get my hands on an Atari 2600 console. I'm also a product of an HBCU (Historically Black College and University). Video games, much like everywhere else, became part of the cultural fabric of this country during the last decade or two. We've seen video games grow from two player games like Pong, to a multi-billion dollar industry where really proficient players are plying their trade at both the collegiate and professional level. E-Sports has become a global phenomenon in a pretty short period of time. Professional teams and players in a variety of gaming genres are front and center in the media eye at an increasing pace. There's also a vibrant and growing collegiate E-Sports scene that's starting to take root here.
There are plenty of cultural practices that are part of the vast landscape that compose the Black College experience. The camaraderie, the sense of family and togetherness, the activist nature of the mission behind most HBCU's, etc. You get the general picture. The spectacle that surrounds Black College football on Saturday afternoons is truly one of America's unique treasures. We can talk about the football rivalries all day, but there's a culture within a culture here that gives the Black College football experience a flavor all its own.
Google Stadia is one of a number of Cloud-based gaming services on the market that's competing for a piece of what's perceived to be a growing demographic of the video game market space. They've decided to run a promotion offering two complementary months of their Stadia Pro service in an attempt to attract increased interest to the platform. It's a pretty interesting strategy for Google, given the mixed early reviews for the game service in general. The initial release of the service last year met with both excitement, and mixed reviews upon launch.
Being a fan of Sci-Fi television, I'm always on the lookout for new content to check out on the tube. There's a ton of really good (and not-so good) science fiction out there for consumption right now, and COVID-19 is ensuring that the greater American public is. Whether it's indie producers doing content for youtube and other smaller online platforms, or mainstream TV and streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and the like, There's a ton of great new sci-fi content to go around. Krypton, Killjoys, The Expanse, all of the Star Trek projects CBS all-access has on lockdown, etc. There's simply a great selection of stuff out there to choose from.