history of sports video games

Timeline created by tfaulkner
  • Tennis For Two

    Tennis For Two
    If you're looking for a sports game pioneer, look no further than William Higinbotham. The mid-twentieth century physicist created a game called Tennis For Two and it was played on an oscilloscope. Not only was it the first video game, it may have also been the first video game ever. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sports-video-games-history2011#1958-tennis-for-two-becomes-the-first-sports-video-game-ever-created-1#ixzz1YR4RAZGx
  • Pong forever changes the world

    Pong forever changes the world
    Pong was not the first video game, but it was certainly the first mainstream video game. It was also a sports game, as it is basically a crude interpretation of tennis.
    Atari is the company responsible for putting Pong out there, and it's creation was somewhat serendipitous. Allan Acorn designed this game as a training exercise assigned to him by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell.
  • 1980-1985: The "Console Wars" begin

    1980-1985: The "Console Wars" begin
    The arcade world was still booming in early 80s. Namco, in 1982, released Pole Position, which was one of the first sports games ever to feature artificial intelligence
  • 1987: The expanded use of artificial intelligence and the rise of Electronic Arts

    1987: The expanded use of artificial intelligence and the rise of Electronic Arts
    While AI was introduced in the years prior to 1987, it was until then that they became realistic.
    Electronic Arts, the company now synonymous with sports games, released Earl Weaver Baseball.
  • 1988-1995: Improved Graphics and the birth of the Madden Franchise

    1988-1995: Improved Graphics and the birth of the Madden Franchise
    In 1988, John Madden Football debuted on the Apple II series of computers. The game rapidly evolved from that point on. The 1990 edition of the game closely resembles the layout current Madden inceptions have.
  • Wii sports released

    Wii sports released
    Wii Sports is a sports game developed and published by Nintendo as a launch title for the Wii video game console
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    History of sports video games