Serious memory upgrade.

When it comes to recalling important dates, I’m about as reliable as the British public transport system after an inch of snow fall. I constantly rely on others to rejig my memory when important events are approaching (sorry, Mum, your birthday present will be here soon), and I always struggle during the history portion of the pub quiz.

You can imagine my envy, then, when I see fellow gaming journalists recalling every console release date in history without batting an eyelid – and in chronological order no less.

How do they do it?

The funny thing is, I always believed that video games would cure my brain’s disorder of instantly deleting dates from my long-term memory. After all, I had picked up so many consoles at launch, and the excitement those days brought will always stay with me. Ask me what the exact date was, however, and I’ll draw a big old blank.

We’re Gonna Need A Montage

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Why not just use Wikipedia?”. Well, that’s usually my first port of call when editing up our retro reflections here on the site. But I want to really remember; I want to be a fountain of numeric knowledge, where console release dates become as easy to recall as the alphabet, or what I had for breakfast this morning (delicious Coco Pops, if you’re wondering).

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Unfortunately for me there’s no cinematic montage I can summon to document my gradual improvement, and ultimately fast forward time until I’m a quick-fire whizz when it comes to remembering dates. And if I’m honest, I really can’t be bothered to rely on the age-old technique of look, cover, test and repeat that the education system is based on, and is otherwise known as revision.

I need interaction, bright colours, and the incentive of a prize…

Relive History

Luckily for me, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, IEEE, have created a wonderful tool which is guaranteed to help me banish my sieve-like brain’s inability to retain information.

IEEE are a pretty big deal in the technology space. They’ve produced highly cited publications, and are a trusted voice in areas ranging from aerospace systems, to consumer electronics and of course, gaming. And I’ve got to admit, they’ve done a fine job in collating the dates that matter most to gamers – well, the one’s who can remember them anyway – with their historic gaming timeline.

I really can’t be bothered to rely on the age-old technique of look, cover, test and repeat.

Not only does IEEE’s timeline document every generation of consoles thus far, from the Magnavox Odyssey to Nintendo’s Wii U, but it’s also interactive and surprisingly informative, too. There are random, multiple choice questions on each area of the timeline, which you can answer to see how your opinion stacks up against other users. Better yet, by doing so, you’ll have a chance to win an Xbox One. Not bad, hey?

The contest is already underway and ends on 26th of July, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to get involved and put your hat into the mix. Just answer six questions and submit your e-mail once you’re done. (The contest has now closed.)

To enter, simply click here and brush up on your gaming knowledge today.

The winners will be selected and announced from Monday onwards, week commencing 27th of July, 2015, so make sure you stay tuned to the site where we’ll announce a winner. Good luck, everyone!

That reminds me… when was the Sega Saturn released again?

This was a sponsored post on behalf of IEEE.