Video Games

Events

Computerized Nim

1940

Belived to be the first video game ever, it was patented under the name MACHINE TO PLAY GAME OF NIM, in early 1940 it was showed at the westinghouse display at the world fair

Cathode Ray Tube Ammusement Device

1947

Programming a Computer for Playing Chess

1950

OXO

1952

First created over 65 years ago, This computer game of the popular "Knots and Crosses" and was only shown to the staff and students of Cambridge university.

Computer Black-Jack

1954

Hutspiel (Military War Game)

1955

Computer Checkers

1956

Advanced Chess

1957

Tennis for Two

1958

Tennis for Two was first introduced on October 18, 1958, at one of Brookhaven Lab’s annual visitors’ days.

Mouse in the maze

1959

Baseball Simulation

1960

Grand Strategy

1961

Spacewar!

1962

STAGE

1963

BASIC

1964

First computer football game

1965

The game of LIFE

1970

The Game of Life, also known simply as Life, is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970

The Oregon trail

1971

PONG

1972

Although it wasn't the first, Atari's Pong was the first video game to get the ball rolling -- or bouncing, as it were. Humble even by contemporary standards, Pong was an effort to introduce a video game so intuitive that even a child could play it easily

Maze Wars

1974

Adventure

1976

Space Invaders

1978

PAC-MAN

1980

PAC-MAN first came to america in 1980 and the yellow circle man has become one of the biggest icons in gaming since.

Donkey Kong

1981

One of the most successful arcade games of all time (and the debut of everyone's favorite red clad plumbers)

Tron

1982

Tetris

1984

A massively popular Russian-made puzzle game.

The Legend of Zelda

1987

The grandfather of modern RPGs

John Madden Football

1988

Computer Solitaire

1990

Sonic the Hedgehog

1991

Mortal Kombat

1993

Warcraft

1994

Tomb Raider

1996

Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time

1998

The jump into 3D consoles created this important game in the gaming timeline.

The Sims

2000

Rock Band

2007

World of Warcraft

2008

Angry Birds

2009

Minecraft

2010

Arguably the most popular game of all time, also started the individual developer movement.

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

2011

This game added toys that could save data and made gaming very fun and kid-friendly

The Last of Us

2013

Free-To-Play Games

2014