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  • Very First Video Game: OXO

    Very First Video Game: OXO
    Invented by Alexander Sandy Douglas in 1952. He used an Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator to create a simple game where a player could compete against the computer. This was also the first AI that was ever created in history. However, this game never got super popular, so even though it was the first game ever, it isn't one of the most well-known.
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    Early gaming days

    When video games were first being created around 6 decades back
  • Tennis for Two

    Tennis for Two
    In 1958, William Higinbotham invented the second video game called Tennis for Two on a large analog computer. The creation of videos games around this time was something that the computer programmers could learn from as well since it allowed them to branch off from the normal routines and challenge the computer's capabilities.
  • Spacewar!

    In 1962, Steve Russell invented this computer-based space combat game on the PDP-1 (Programmed Data Processor-1). This was also the earliest game that could be used on multiple computer installations.
  • The Brown Box: First Video Game Console at a Home

    The Brown Box: First Video Game Console at a Home
    In 1967, Ralph Baer invented a prototype multiplayer, multi-program game system that was playable on T. V. He licensed his device to Magnavox, which sold the system to consumers as Odyssey, the first video game home console, in 1972. Also, one of the Odyssey games inspired Atari's game Pong, which was the very first arcade game in 1972.
  • The First Arcade Video Game: Pong

    The First Arcade Video Game: Pong
    In 1972, Atari released Pong, the first arcade game, which was inspired from one of Odyssey's 28 games. Three years later, a version of the game was released to suit people at home. Disappointingly though, Magnavox, the company that owned Odyssey, ended up suing Atari for copyright infringement.
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    Early gaming consoles and arcades

  • The Atari 2600

    The Atari 2600
    In 1977, Atari released Atari 2600, which was a home console that featured interchangeable game cartridges and joysticks. The games were also in colour, which was a major step closer to modern video gaming.
  • Space Invaders

    Space Invaders
    In 1978, this very successful arcade game was released and was created by Tomohiro Nishikado.
  • Donkey Kong

    Donkey Kong
    Nintendo released this very successful and popular game nearly four decades back.
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    The Video Game Crash

    Too many low-quality games coming out for competition, and arcades becoming less popular
  • E. T. Released on Atari 2600 Failure

    E. T. Released on Atari 2600 Failure
    In late 1982, a game called Extra-Terrestrial came out that people didn't like and was poor-quality. In fact, it was so bad and confusing that there even copies of the game secretly buried in a New Mexico landfill.
  • Recovery from the Video Game Crash

    Recovery from the Video Game Crash
    In 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System came to the U. S. A. from Japan with improved 8-bit graphics, colours, sound and gameplay over previous consoles. This is around the time that Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid became trendy.
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    The First Console War and what lead to it

  • Game Boy Devices and Tetris Coming Out

    Game Boy Devices and Tetris Coming Out
    About 31 years ago, these massive successes from Nintendo were very popular and were part of what initiated the First Console War.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Sega's 16-bit Genesis console released this very popular game, launching the first real Console War.
  • The Video Game Rating Council

    The Video Game Rating Council
    In the early 1990s, Sega's Genesis video game console released Mortal Kombat, which was a quite violent video game. This is why the Video Game Rating Council was created, and it was to create labeling for released games. Today, it continues rating games based on content.
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    Early days of Popular 3D Gaming

  • Sega's Saturn System

    Sega's Saturn System
    In 1995, Sega released the first 32-bit console that played games on CDs rather than cartridges
  • PlayStation's First Release

    PlayStation's First Release
    The PlayStation 1 was an instant success achieving 100,000 copies within days after release.
  • Nintendo 64

    Nintendo 64
    In 1996, Nintendo released the Nintendo 64, a cartridge based system that was 64-bit.
  • Sony's PlayStation 2 Massive Success

    Sony's PlayStation 2 Massive Success
    In 2000, Sony released PlayStation 2, which would be supported for 12 years and one of the most popular video game consoles of all time.
  • Microsoft Releases Xbox

    Microsoft Releases Xbox
    Microsoft released Xbox 19 years ago, and it has been a popular gaming device for a long time.
  • Xbox 360 Released

    Xbox 360 Released
    On November 22nd, 2005, the Xbox 360 came out. It had really impressive graphics and won many awards. Also, the state-of-the-art capture system offered a new way to play games called Microsoft Kinect.
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    Modern Gaming

  • PlayStation 3 Released

    PlayStation 3 Released
    This was the first video game device to ever play Blu-rays. The Sony company was truly was to compete with its rivals, and in the first two weeks of this product being available, it only got 200,000 purchases due to other video game consoles coming out around the time as well.
  • The Release of Nintendo's Wii

    The Release of Nintendo's Wii
    On November 19th, 2006, the Wii came out. It became popular quickly because of its motion-sensitive remotes that made gaming very active, which helped it appeal to a lot more people. It competed with PlayStation 3, which just so happened to have released just two days earlier.
  • The Release of Minecraft, a Very Popular and Inspiring Game

    The Release of Minecraft, a Very Popular and Inspiring Game
    On May 13th, 2009, Markus Persson began developing Minecraft, and it was released four days later. Almost everyone has heard of the game made of cubes, and it has inspired many other games and became popular in 2010 when large YouTubers started playing it.
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

    Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
    This game brought gaming into the physical world by requiring players to place plastic toy figures onto an accessory that reads the toys' NFC tags in order to bring characters into the game.
  • PlayStation 4

    PlayStation 4
    Sony's PlayStation 4 came out 7 years ago, and is the second most recent PlayStation device (behind PlayStation 5 that came out just a few months ago)
  • Xbox One

    Xbox One
    7 years ago, the Xbox One came out around the same time as the PlayStation 4, as part of the 8th generation of gaming.
  • The Release of Fortnite

    The Release of Fortnite
    Three years ago, Fortnite was released, which was very popular and trendy for a while. It's a battle royale game, also with many other modes, skins and cosmetics.