History of Video Games

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In History
  • Sega launched

    Sega launched
    The service game company was founded June 3, 1960.
  • Pong Released

    Pong Released
    The first widely popularized arcade game by Atari that led to a successful copyright lawsuit by Magnavox Odyssey.
  • Magnavox Odyssey Released

    Magnavox Odyssey Released
    The world's first game console, known as the the "Brown Box." Only 340,000 units were ever sold.
  • Pac Man

    Pac Man
    1980 saw the release of one of the most famous arcade games ever. Created by Namco, the game has grossed over $2 billion dollars since its release.
  • Mario Brothers

    Mario Brothers
    A hugely successful full-color platform arcade game by Nintendo about Italian-American plumber Mario and his brother Luigi defeating enemies in the sewers beneath New York City.
  • Video Game Crash

    Video Game Crash
    The delay of Atari's 7800 console and the flood of consoles and poor quality games based on ET resulted in a two-year econmic slump for video game giants.
  • NES

    NES
    The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System helped to rebound the industry after the crashed with its 60 million units sold and the openness towards third-party developers.
  • Super NES

    Super NES
    This gaming console had more advanced audio and graphics abilities and pioneered better 3D graphics.
  • Sony Playstation

    Sony Playstation
    The wildly successful 32-bit console by Sony that was the first of its time to sell over 100 million units and started a dynasty of Playstation consoles.
  • Microsoft Xbox

    Microsoft Xbox
    Microsoft's first console predating the Xbox 360 and Xbox One that sold 24 million units.
  • Nintendo Wii

    Nintendo Wii
    The fifth home game console by game giant Nintendo that utilized wireless controllers and internet based services to target a wider demographic than its competitors. In 2007, it was named the sales leader of the generation.
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    First Generation

    The first of seven distinct increase in technology. Before this, coin-operated arcade games ruled.
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    Second Generation

    The second of seven distinct increase in technology. The introduction of early 8-bit home consoles and CPU-based gaming units.
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    Third Generation

    The third of seven distinct increases in technology. Dominated by Nintendo.
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    Handheld games

    This timespan saw the introduction of the first solely handheld gaming devices.
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    Fourth Generation

    The fourth of seven distinct increases in technology. The addition of 16-bit processors and the competiton between Nintendo and Sega.
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    Fifth Generation

    The fifth of seven distinct increases in technology. The 32- and 64-bit era with the introduction of Sony and the internet to the mix.
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    Sixth Generation

    The second-to-last of seven distinct increases in technology. 128-bit computing power introduced.
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    Seventh Generation

    The final of seven distinct increases in technology. Starting with the release of the Xbox 360 and multiple breakthroughs in gaming technology.
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    Eighth Generation

    The most recent development in technology that is predicted to be the last one. Smart phones, tablets, and smart TVs compete with the newest consoles from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.