Friday, September 12, 2003

History of Video Games

Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for an important entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United States, Japan, and Europe. After a disastrous collapse of the industry in 1983 and a subsequent rebirth two years later, the video game industry has experienced sustained growth for over two decades to become an industry rivaling the motion picture industry as the most profitable entertainment industry in the world.

The Early Years begin in 1952
Within this period of video game history reside the pioneers and visionaries who attempted to create an interactive experience using electronics and visual displays.

The Golden Age of video games begins in 1971
This period begins with the mainstream appearance of video games as a consumer market in arcades, on home consoles, and their evolution on personal computer platforms. It covers the rise of the dedicated hardware systems and the origin of multi-game cartridge-based systems.

The Modern age begins in 1984
It includes the continued evolution of video games on computers during the American public's disenchantment with dedicated console systems. It covers the rise of 8-bit and 16-bit architectures. During this era, many computers provide a home to video games, but the PC becomes the eventual standard. Network and Internet multi-player gaming becomes a household possibility.

The "Next" Generation arrived in 1995
This era of video game history bears witness to the rise of the 32-bit, 64-bit, and 128-bit processor architecture in home console machines. The continued popularity of online gaming grows and is reflected in the console market. This period is full of advances in hardware that enable more realistic and immersive experiences for gamers.

The video below is a documentary showing the history of many VideoGames.
Many leading companies in the industry contributed to this insight into the future of games.
Watch from the very first videogame computer to the rise and fall of Atari, Amigas, etc.

External Links:
Chronology of the History of Video Games
A History of Video Games

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