The history of video games


The first video game made.


IN 1958, the 1st video game was made.
Physicist Willy Higinbotham invents the 1st video game ever at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Uptown, New York. His game, a table tennis-like game, was played on an oscilloscope.

The 1st computer game made


In 1961 the second video game was made.

Steve Russel, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT), creates Spacewar, the first interactive computer game ever made. It runs on a Digital PDP-1 mainframe computer, and the graphics are made of ASCII text characters.

idea for the 3rd video game


Ralph Baer, an engineer at Sanders Associate, receives support from his company ( a military electronics consulting firm in NH) to explore his idea of creating interactive games using a TV.

The 3rd & 4th video game made


Ralph Baer and the team are successful in creating 2 interactive tv games--- a chase game & a tennis game. They are also able to manipulate a toy gun so that it detects spots of light on the TV screen.

Arcade version of Spacewar attempt


Magnavox licenses Baer's tv game from Sanders associates.
Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney ( future founders of Atari) begin their attempt to create an arcade version of Spacewar, calling it Computer Space.

The first video arcade game


Computer space, becomes the 1st video arcade game ever released. 1500 games are distributed. Public consensus is that it is too difficult to play.

The 5th & and 6th video game


Atari's Pong is released with help from Sears Roebuck, witch finances the production of 150,000 units. It becomes the hottest selling Christmas present. Sears sells the product exclusively, with the Sears TeleGames Logo.
Gunfight, the 1st computer game is released. It is the 1st game to use a microprocessor instead of hardwired solid- state circuits.

The 7th video game


Coleco releases its 1st home video game called Telstar.

The 8th video game made


The popular game Tetris is developed by Russian programmer Alex Pajitnov. It is played on a PC.

nintendo's nes


Nintendo's NES is released in the U.S. after being test-marketed in NY one year later

Nintendos gameboy


Nintendo releases the handhold Game boy for $109.

NEC releases the 1st 16-bit console in the U.S. It is called the Turbo Graphx-16 and is sold for $189. It is the first system to run video games stored on compact discs.

The true arcade experience comes to America homes when Sega debuts the Genesis, its first called 16-bit home game console, for $249.95.

Super NES


Super NES is released in the U.S. by Nintendo for $249.95

Sony Play Station & Nintendo 64


Sony brings Play Station 1 to the U.S. & sells the console for $299.

Nintendo releases the Nintendo 64 in Japan ( it's released in the U.S. in 1996

pac man


Pacman was made in 1980.
Billy Mitchel attains a score of 3,333,360 in the game Pac-man. This is the highest possible a player can get.

Sony's PS2 & Sims


Sony's Play Station 2 is launches in the U.S. for $299.99 and is sold out by early morning. since the demand is so high and only 500,000 units are available, it is very difficult to buy a unit during this first shipment.

The Sims is released, quickly becomes a hit. It eventually (in 2002) surpasses Myst as the best selling PC game ever.

Microsoft and Nintendo


Micro soft and Nintendo introduce their next generation system within days of each other. Microsoft claims its XBOX offers" the most powerful game experience ever." The product ( estimated retail price of $299.99) comes with a built in hard drive and Ethernet port. Nintendo's Gamecube (suggested retail price of $199.95) delivers new forms of interactive gaming for players and an easier development environment for game creators.

Nintendo DS


Nintendo DS, a portable system with 2 screens , one of which can be used as a touch screen.

Sony PSP & Xbox 360 release


Sony releases PSP, a portable system with a large, high- resolution display.
Microsoft unveils the XBOX 360, a console system to be released on November 2005. Sony and Nintendo's competing console systems are planned for release in 2006.

Nintendo WII & Sony PS3


Nintendo release the WII, a gaming system that lets gamer's use the controller in revolutionary ways, such as swinging it like a tennis racket, holding and tilting it like a steering wheel, and more.
Sony also debuts the PS3, a very sophisticated and expensive game system.

Nintendo game


Nintendo releases super Mario Galaxy for the WII. It continues the adventures of Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach as they face there old foe Bowser.

GTA4 & WII Fit & Farmville & Angry Birds


GTA 4 breaks sales records its 1st week after gamer's bought over than 6 million copies.

The WII Fit is launched, adding even more incentive for gamer's of all ages to get up and move.

Social gaming takes shape with Farmville & Angry birds, enthralling millions of new players. Facebook and cellphones allow easy access to these addictive games.

Nintendo Wii Sports


With over 40 million units sold, Nintendo's Wii sports becomes the best selling video game of all time. The previous record holder was another Nintendo game:Super Mario Brothers.

Sony's PS1,2,3 & Microsoft Kinect


New motion controlled systems-- Sony's PlayStation & Microsoft Kinect-- let players interact in a more immersive way, doing away with controllers and letting players use there bodies instead.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim showcases the beauty, majesty, and massiveness of video games as players explore a seemingly endless, beautifully rendered fantasy world.

Sony PS4 & Microsoft (


Both Sony ( PS4) and Microsoft (XBOX ONE) release new gaming platforms this year. Offering social connection through " next generation cooperative and competitive multiplayer play," these systems offer amazing graphics and speed.

microsoft buys mojang


Microsoft acquires Mojang and its immensely popular indie brick building game, Minecraft, which Swedish creator Markus Persson debuted in 2009. Purchase price is $2.5 billion.



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