History of Technology

  • Dr.Dietrich Prinz

    Dr.Dietrich Prinz
    Dr.Dietrich Prinz wrote the origin chess playing program for a computer
  • Period: to

    the time span of the history of computer video games

  • A.S. Douglas

    A.S. Douglas
    A.S. Douglas created the first graphical computer game. It was a version of tic-tac-toe and it was programmed on anEDSAC vacum-tube computer.
  • William Higinbotham

    William Higinbotham
    William Highinbotham created the first video game called "Tennis for two" on a Brookhaven National Laboratory oscilloscope.
  • Steve Russell

    Steve Russell
    Steve Russell invented Spacewar! It was the first game itended for computer use and it allowed multiple users to share the computer at the same time.
  • Ralph Baer

    Ralph Baer
    Ralph Baer wrote the first video game plyed on a television set. It was called "Chase".
  • Pitts and Tuck

    Pitts and Tuck
    Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck created the earliest knwn coin-operated computer or video game, called "Galaxy Game".
  • Bushel and Dabney

    Bushel and Dabney
    Two months after, Nolan Bushel and Ted Dabney created the first commercially sold coin-operated arcade game, called "Computer Space". it was based on "Spacewar!".
  • Nolan and Alcorn

    Nolan Bushell and Al Alcorn created the arcade game "Pong".
  • Bushnell and Dabney

    Bushnell and Dabney
    Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney started Atari Computers.
  • Ralph Baer

    Ralph Baer
    Magnavox released the first commercial video game console that could be played at home. It was designed by Ralph Baer.
  • Atari

    Atari re-released "Pomg" as a home video game.
  • Gunfight

    "Gunfight", the first computer game to use a microprocessor was released.
  • Fairchild

    Fairchild released the first programmable home gasme console called the Fairchild Video Entertainment System.
  • Crowther

    Will Crowther created the first computer adventure game, called "Colossal Cave Adventure".
  • Atari

    Atari released an arcade game named "Breakout".
  • Atari

    Atari released a Football arcade game. It was the first game to use a trackball.
  • Atari

    Atari released "Asteroids" video arcade game.
  • Atari

    Atari's "Asteroids" and "Lunar Lander" were the first two video games to ever be registered in the Copyright Office.
  • Namco

    Namco created the Pac-Man arcade game.
  • Battlezone

    The first 3-D game, "Battlezone" was released.
  • Defender

    The first game with a virutal world was relased. It was called "Defender"
  • Midway

    Midway made Ms. Pac-Man arcade video game.
  • Nintendo

    Nintendo released "Donkey Kong" arcade game
  • Dyer

    Cinematronics released Rick Dyer's "Dragon Lair". It was the first game with laser-dosc technology.
  • Pajitnov

    Alex Pajitnov, a Russian programmer, developed the popular PC game "Tetris".
  • Arcades

    Arcades focus on bringin in more "ride-and-video" games like skiiing, snowboarding, and jet skiiing.
  • Sims

    "The Sims" is released and quickly becomes the best-selling PC game.
  • World of Warcraft

    World of Warcraft
    "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade" si the top-selling PC game.
  • Batman

    "Batman: Arkham Asylum" gets a Guinness World Record for the "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever".
  • Batman

    "Batman Arkham City" is to be released in October of 2011.
  • Nishikado

    Tomohiro Nishikado created an arcade video game named "Space Invaders".