History of Computer Gaming

  • Tennis for Two

    William Higinbotham created the first video game ever called Tennis for Two
  • Chase system invented

    In 1966, Ralph Baer (then at Sanders Associates) created a simple video game called Chase that could be displayed on a standard television set.
  • First Mouse patented

    1970, describing it in the patent application as an "X-Y position indicator for a display system," the mouse was patented.
  • Pong Released to the public

    The first version of Pong was mass released to the world.
  • First Handheld Game system

    The first portable, handheld electronic game was Tic Tac Toe, made in 1972 by a company called Waco.
  • The Odyssey

    In 1972, the first commercial video game console that could be played in the home, the Odyssey was invented.
  • Fairchaild Video Entertainment System

    In 1976, Fairchild released the first programmable home game console called the Fairchild Video Entertainment System.
  • Atari released

    In 1977, Atari released its cartridge-based console called the Video Computer System (VCS), later called Atari 2600. This revolutionized home gaming.
  • Space Invaders Released

    The arcade game industry entered its Golden Age in 1978 with the release of Space Invaders by Taito.
  • Defender Game released

    Defender (1980) established the scrolling shooter and was the first to have events taking place outside the player's view, displayed by a radar view showing a map of the whole playfield.
  • Mystery House released - first graphic adventure game

    Also published in 1980 was Roberta Williams' Mystery House, for the Apple II. It was the first graphic adventure on home computers.
  • First gaming PC's introduced

    The personal computer became a competitive gaming platform with IBM's PC/AT in 1984.
  • Major modern game companies come to be

    In the early 1990s, shareware distribution was a popular method of publishing games for smaller developers, including then-fledgling companies such as Apogee (now 3D Realms), Epic Megagames (now Epic Games), and id Software.
  • Myst released

    Published in 1993, Myst itself was one of the first computer games to make full use of the new high-capacity CD-ROM storage format.
  • Shareware becomes popular

    Shareware was also the distribution method of choice of early modern first-person shooters (FPS) like Wolfenstein 3D and Doom.
  • Third Person Shooters developed

    The first third-person shooter games were created such as Grand Theft Auto, Splinter Cell and Hitman
  • Quake - first online FPS

    Id Software's 1996 game Quake pioneered play over the Internet in first-person shooters.
  • Voodoo 3DFX card released

    In 1996, 3dfx released the Voodoo chipset, leading to the first affordable 3D accelerator cards for personal computers.
  • Java/Flash become popular

    Developments in web browser plugins like Java and Macromedia Flash allowed for simple browser-based games.
  • Playstation 2 released

    Sony released the PlayStation 2.
  • Major games released

    During this year Doom 3, Halo 2, and Half-Life 2 were released and achieved Gold status in sales.
  • X-Box 360 released

    Microsoft releases their second video game console, the Xbox 360
  • Social Networking games become popular

    Facebook games such as YoVille, Mob Wars, Mafia Wars, and FrontierVille, and FarmVille gain significant popularity.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Released

    Call of Duty: Black Ops changes the way people play FPS's online and single player
  • GeForce GTX 500 series is released

    GeForce GTX 500 series is created and marketed to public