History Of Games

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  • Creation of Tennis for Two

    Creation of Tennis for Two
    The game Tennis for Two was created, it was the first ever computer game, it was developed by William Higinbotham for the Analog Computer.
  • Spacewar Launched

    Spacewar Launched
    Spacewar was the first recorded game to be played at multiple computer installations. It was developed by Steve Russell and then enhanced by students and employees at the nearby universities. It was one of the most important games in the fact that it shaped the path for early video games. IT was extremely popular and inspired many arcade games such as computer space.
  • Computer Space

    Computer Space
    The Computer Space was one of the earliest video games, being developed in 1963. It was also the first commercial video arcade game. It was inspired by Spacewar! By 1976 it had sold around 1,400 units.
  • Atari, Inc. Founded

    Atari, Inc. Founded
    Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell & Ted Dabney. Atari was instrumental in developing video game hardware such as the Stunt Cycle which was an arcade game system. They were also responsible for the creation Wireless devices after the Atari 2700 project was abandoned.
  • First Generation Console Released

    First Generation Console Released
    The first console the Magnavox Odyssey. Defining characters of these consoles include game playfield occupies a single screen, Colour Graphics & Native components od consoles as opposed to external or removable media.
  • Pong Created

    Pong Created
    Pong was developed by Atari. IT was also the first commercially successful video game and first arcade sports video game.
  • Second Generation Consoles Released

    Second Generation Consoles Released
    Second Generation Consoles began with the Fairchild Channel F release. These generation consoles are distinguished from first generation consoles by their AI simulation & ROM cartidges allowing for storing games that can be played on multiple consoles.
  • Space Invaders Released

    Space Invaders Released
    The game Space Invaders is released. Space Invaders is considered to be the game that revolutionized the video game industry. IT was the first blockbuster video game. It was also the start of the Shoot 'em up genre and since its release has had an influential effect on most shooter games.
  • Launch of Lunar Lander

    Launch of Lunar Lander
    This was the first game to use Vector Graphics, it was also a major hit in the US and the best selling game by Atari of all time.
  • Launch of Galaxian

    Launch of Galaxian
    One of the few games at the time to use colors and subsequently popularizes RGB graphics.
  • Microvision Released

    Microvision Released
    The Microvision is the very first handheld gaming device that utilized interchangeable cartridges Its portability and cartridge based system led to success with Smith Engineering hasving a grossing of $15 mil in the first year. However due to the small screen and limited number of cartridges the game came to its demise.
  • Pac-Man Launched

    Pac-Man Launched
    Pac-Man was released by Namco and was their biggest-selling game. It was also one of the most influencial games in history, with the first mascot character. Pac-Man also created the Maze Chase genre and opened the game to female audiences. Furthermore it also started power-ups and cutscenes. Furthermore the game influenced the creation of GTA, MIDI MAze and Wolfenstein 3D.
  • Donkey Kong Launched

    Donkey Kong Launched
    Donkey Kong was anther influential game, it was a milestone in the platform game genre and sowed the seeds for Nintendo's mascot, Mario.
  • EA was Founded

    EA was Founded
    The giant game company EA was founded. EA would later go on to make several fast-selling game franchises, such as Battlefield, Fifa & Madden NFL.
  • Third Generation Video Game Consoles

    Third Generation Video Game Consoles
    The third generation of video game consoles began with the release of the Family Computer (also known as Nintendo Entertainment System) which was in its time the best selling console. The key features that distinguish this from the second generation are the D-Pad Controllers, the screen resolutions of up to 320x200 and tile-based playfields.
  • Launch of Punch-Out!!

    Launch of Punch-Out!!
    A boxing game, one of the first arcade games to deature digital voices, dual monitors a 3D wire graphic frame and third person perspective.
  • Tetris

    Tetris
    Tetris is the arguably the most popular game of all time. It was the first game to be imported to USA by the USSR. Tetris has many variants.
  • Super Mario Bros.

    Super Mario Bros.
    Super Mario Bor was originally released for the Family Computer in Japan. The game was developed by Nintendo, one of the largest gaming companies. IGN declared the game as the "greatest game of all time".
  • Fourth Generation Video Games

    Fourth Generation Video Games
    The fourth generation began with the release of the NEC Home Electronics PC Engine. Although NEC released the first console the generation was mainly dominated by the rivarly beween Nintendo & Sega. This generation varys from the third generations consoles as it has more powerful 16-bit microprocessors, Flat-shaded 3D Polygon graphics & CD-ROM support via add-ons.
  • Wolfenstein 3D

    Wolfenstein 3D
    Wolfinstein 3D is a FPS game. Although it is not the first FPS game it is often credited as the game that started the FPS series.
  • Fifth generation gaming consoles

    Fifth generation gaming consoles
    Fifth generation gaming consoles were started by the Pioneer LaserActive, this generation was distinguished from fifth gen consoles due to its Analog Controllers, Display redolution of 480i to 576i and a 24-bit true colour depth. This was also the first generation that featured a Playstation.
  • Sixth Generation Consoles

    Sixth Generation Consoles
    The sixth generation of consoles started with the Dreamcast. The main difference between this and the fifth generation consoles was the fact that these featured 128-bits.
  • Counter-Strike

    Counter-Strike
    CS (Counter-Strike) is a multiplayer series in which teams of Counter-Terrorist units and Terrorists battle. It is one of the most popular game series. It has sold 12.5 million copies on Steam.
  • Nintendo DS

    Nintendo DS
    The Nintendo DS was the the best selling hand-held gaming console and the 2nd best selling gaming console with over 150 million units sold world wide.
  • World of War Craft

    World of War Craft
    It is one of the most popular games sold on PC with 14 million copies sold. It is also the most popular MMORPG
  • Seventh Generation Consoles

    Seventh Generation Consoles
    These Began with the release of the Game Wave. Each of the new consoles in this series introduced new breakthroughs, the Xbox 360 offered HD Resolutions whilst the PS3 offered 3D Blu-ray Disc Player. This generations was mainly seperated from the sixth generation as it could render HD graphics & by its multiplayer functionality.
  • Wii Sports

    Wii Sports
    Wii Sports is one of the most popular sports games, it is also one of the first games to feature motion support. It led to sequels such as Wii Sports Resort & Wii Sports Club.
  • Angry Birds

    Angry Birds
    Angry Birds is the 3rd best selling video game with over 12 million copies purchased.
  • Minecraft

    Minecraft
    Minecraft is the second most popular game sold with over 107.5 million opies sold. The game creates a virtual world for the player where skills such as crafting & combat come together. Recently it has started being used for educational purposes. A mobile version, Xbox & Playstation versions have been released.
  • Eighth Generation Consoles

    Eighth Generation Consoles
    The Eighth Generation of Consoles began in 2012 vwith Wii U. This generation featured even better graphics then the Seventh Generation.
  • Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V
    GTA V is one of the most recent games and yet has sold the third most copies of a video game so far. People love the game as it is part of one of the biggest game franchises of all time. The GTA Series was one of the first to feature large maps in which players can freely explore.
  • Battlefield 1

    Battlefield 1
    Battlefield 1 is the most popular WW1 game to date. It is part of the battlefield franchise. It creates a way of people having fun and learning about WW1 thorugh the campaign.
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    Golden Era of Arcade Games