Video Game History

Video Game History

May 4, 2020 0 By Theetat Pongsukvejkul

In the present, video games industry can make money around $100 billion per year. In the digital world, there are games with awesome graphics for us to play. However, before being a fun game with splendid graphics like this, how does the evolution of games develop in different ages? Without further ado, let’s get to know more about video games.

First, the console of video game, it is an electrical device used to play video games. By showing the picture on a television screen or inside the device screen. Video game console has been evolved in all 8 ages, starting from 1972 to the present day.

The First Generation

In the 1950s, video games began to enter the form of computer games. At that time, the screen was also a Vector Display. MAGNAVOX company unveiled the first game player, Magnavox Odyssey, by Ralph H. Baer and his team. With 12 games to play together, it is the first console-game in the world to be successful, but not much due to many problems.

Later, Pong was manufactured by Atari Company in 1972. It is another kind of console attached to the television screen, but is popular as a game cabinet. Ping-pong game with other games later came to be very successful commercially.

The Second generation

In 1980, Atari became famous again. The extension of Pong is called Atari 2600. It is able to replace the game cartridge. Shooting and puzzle games are popular among this type of console.

Atari2600 is the first generation of game consoles, known as the full gaming machine Before Atari was invented, most gaming consoles would look like a computer with a screen and a keyboard, the same way you play on a computer, but Atari is regarded as a revolution in the gaming console that is known throughout the world. The outstanding feature is that it can be connected to a television at home easily.

but playing with the joystick is harder to control than using a keyboard. Thereby, these qualities can be considered as a prototype for game consoles to the present days.

The Third generation

Nintendo, Japanese company holding the origins of this model released Famicom with a new technology inside, receiving high-resolution sprites and tiled backgrounds. Shortly in 1985, Famicom entered the USA market as NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) with Super Mario Brothers and Robotic Operating Buddy (ROB) that are currently available for sale in stores.

Famicom is an 8-bit game machine. The red-white machine is produced by Nintendo. It looks colorful in order to lure children to buy. The machine uses the Ricoh 2A03 CPU to run the game using the ROM Cartridge system and with 2 game controllers attached to the device. There is also a slot for storing the joystick on the side the machine. Although, Famicom is not the first Nintendo game machine, it is the first game machine that made Nintendo well-known until today.

The Fourth generation

Entering the glorious era of gaming consoles, the world’s first 16-bit, realistic 16-bit gaming console, Mega drive, produced by SEGA in 1988, has created a tremendous amount of excitement for people of that era. It was sold in the USA market, known as Sega Genesis, including Port games from PC, so many games that are not available in Famicom can be played in Mega drive which made it not difficult to share.

The Fifth generation

Now we can talk about the game console that everyone knows and is familiar with. The PlayStation (PS1) from a major electronics manufacturing company like Sony. It is a 32-bit game console with double the resolution in 1994. As well as, there is clearly something different from other gaming machines of that era, CD-based games are considered a revolution in the gaming industry of the era.

PS1 is a gaming device considered as the gateway to modern gaming. Although, the PlayStation is not the first player that uses CDs as a container for games, it is the machine that “Meet the game developers” because they “can convey the imagination” and “fun” together with the image of the machine.

The Sixth generation

 October, 2000, Sony released the Playstation 2 (PS2). In the North America market. It is very popular, so what was the development comparing to the previous version? PS2 is the use of DVD discs that are much larger than CDs, allowing for full-fledged graphics with many higher levels. Currently,some people still playing PS2.

The Seventh generation

It was the time of HD (High-Definition) graphics. November, 2005, Microsoft sent the Xbox 360 to the market for the first time. Another thing that has been developed to the form of Online via direct Internet connection, which is something new in that era.

After 1 year of Xbox 360, Sony has released the PlayStation 3 (PS3). It became popular undoubtedly. One of the selling points of the PS3, aside from games, is the ability to play Blu-ray movies as well. PS3 supports BD Profile up to version 2.0, which means that we can use the BD via Live feature. In addition, the advantage of the PS3 that is superior to normal BD players is the ability to update new capabilities via firmware. Moreover, the device itself has the capability that the current BD Profile does not.

In addition, the gaming company Nintendo is back to reclaim the market, Wii, which everyone knows well. The difference from of game consoles are clear. The device used to control is not the Joy stick like other machines, but will be a device called Wii Remote that will make our gaming experience different. Nintendo has returned to gain a beautiful market share.

The Eighth generation

The Eighth generation is what we normally play nowadays. It is considered as the youngest console game to date with the Nintendo Switch of the company. Nintendo is different from other machines, it can be both a console game that must be connected to a television and a portable game which we can take to play anywhere. Considering the coming of the Nintendo Switch, the console game market has returned to bustle and fierce again.

I hope what I have written about video game consoles will offer some interesting knowledge. And now let’s play some games.