November 25, 2015 – For some readers, the release of the last Star Wars film ten years ago – Revenge of the Sith in 2005 – might not feel that long ago. Similarly, the release of Star Wars Battlefront in 2004 might not seem that distant.
But technology-wise, a decade is positively ancient.
To help wrap your mind around the concept of ten years’ worth of change, consider that a decade ago:
► U.S. President George W. Bush had begun his second term in 2005, and Barack Obama was still a relatively unknown freshman senator from Illinois.
► Sharply rising oil prices, caused by turmoil in the Middle East (sound familiar?) and the effects of Hurricane Katrina, saw the cost of gasoline in the U.S. rise to an average of $3.18 per gallon in 2005.
► London Bombings: Islamist terrorists detonated four bombs on July 7, 2005 – three in the London Underground and one on a bus. 52 people died, and more than 700 were injured.
► YouTube was founded in 2005
► Your cell phone/mobile phone was probably a clamshell-type flip phone that often dropped calls. And your desktop PC consisted of a bulky tower and, for most users worldwide, ran on Microsoft’s XP operating system. If you were lucky, you had a laptop, but it was kind of bulky and heavy as well.
► Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith was released to mixed reviews, and George Lucas declared the film to be his final Star Wars production.
Fast-forward to 2015 and we find some things have hardly changed at all (unrest in the Middle East and terrorism concerns worldwide) while others have changed considerably (technology). In 2015, we find:
► U.S. President Barack Obama is approaching the eighth and final year of his presidency, and the Middle East remains in turmoil as it has for the last 70+ years
► ISIS-inspired or -linked bombings and shootings in Paris on November 13, 2015, have left 130 dead and 368 wounded
► Gasoline in the U.S. has hovered just north of $2.00 per gallon in 2015. The United States is currently the world’s leading producer of oil, thanks in large part to newer technologies and larger crude oil reserves in Texas and North Dakota.
► The first-generation iphone was released in 2007 and the first ipad was sold in 2010. Your smartphone and tablet now have more computing power and versatility than your clunky desktop PC had a decade ago.
The foregoing points and comparisons are a long introduction and an excuse to say, “Hey, the 2015 version of Star Wars Battlefront is here! Check out how much more amazing the graphics are compared to the 2004 version.”
Yes, this is an obvious “duh” statement. But after viewing the following comparison video, you can better appreciate how technology continues to accelerate exponentially – to the benefit of Star Wars fans and gamers worldwide.