The History of Video Games
Created by jargin on Feb 19, 2011
Last updated: 02/20/11 at 06:36 PM
The highest selling game console of all time, the Nintendo Wii has sold 84 Million units.
The Playstation 3 hits the market with the next generation of consoles. It has a Blu-Ray player, incredible graphics and a super fast processor.
Microsoft follows up its Xbox with the Xbox 360 next generation console. The console has sold millions of units worldwide, but like the PS3 has sold way less than the Nintendo Wii.
Sony releases the PSP, the Playstation Portable to contend with Nintendo's Game Boy. The PSP can play movies, music, games, surf the internet and share pictures.
Along with the recent release of the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo brought the Gamecube which had success with games like Super Smash Bros and the Zelda franchise but wasn't as popular as the Playstation 2 or the Xbox.
Microsoft enters the gaming world with its PC-like console the Xbox. The Xbox had a lot of success, especially with games like Halo, Madden NFL and other sports games.
The next big addition to the Game Boy family, the Game Boy advance, brought better graphics and hugely successful games like Pokemon.
Sony releases the first 128- Bit console, the Playstation 2 which has enormous worldwide success with games like final fantasy, grand theft auto and metal gear
The Sega Dreamcast was considered ahead of its time and it sold over 10 million copies worldwide but was quickly defeated by the next generation of consoles.
The Nintendo 64 continued the Nintendo tradition with better graphics, 4 controllers and more favorite titles.
Sony introduced the Playstation console which had better graphics, processing and memory than any console before it. The Playstation started the movement towards games on CD's rather than on the old cartridges.
The SNES console enjoyed just as much success as its predecessor the NES and again, people were drawn in by games like Super Mario, Star Fox, Zelda and other Nintendo Classics.
The Sega Genesis console became very popular in the United States with games like Sonic the Hedgehog it sold more than 40 million units worldwide.
The first major 8-Bit handheld gaming device created by Nintendo in 1989
The first major RPG (Role Playing Game) to hit the video game market. Previously people played RPG's like Dungeons and Dragons with paper and pencils. The Final Fantasy series, which is like a million games long, is one of the most successful game franchises ever.
One of the most recognizable names in video games, Street Fighter brought the one on one fighting game to the center of attention.
Game console released by Sega that was going to compete with the Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo released its first big console in the U.S. with games like Super Mario Bros, the Legend of Zelda and Metroid. Became more and more popular as time progressed.
One of the highest selling game franchises of all time is Tetris, the game where you make little falling bricks fit together to fill up lines. The ultimate time waster.
A game where you dodge bouncing balls and snakes on a pyramid. Popular but not one of my favorites.
A game where two players "ride" light cycles and try not to cross their own path or their opponent's path. Pretty fun to play.
A super awesome game where you control a little frog that has to cross the street and a river to get to the other side of the screen. One of my personal favorites
My favorite old school space game. Very big game when it came out.
The first Donkey Kong game came out in 1981 and was the first game to feature Mario. Classic game.
Widely popular home console that battled the Atari 2600 for the top game system spot.
Very popular arcade game where a little yellow circle named pac-man ate little yellow dots and ran away from ghosts unless he ate a big dot, which allowed him to eat the ghosts for a short period of time.
Space Invaders arcade game becomes the first game to track and display player's high scores. You shoot little aliens with your space ship and dodge their missiles.
Very successful home game console, Atari expanded its game collection so people weren't just stuck with playing Pong all day.
Instant classic video game which thousands of people played.
The first home game console sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
The first video games console that could be played on a TV made by Ralph Baer
The first widely available and influential video computer game developed by MIT student Steve Russel