The Video Game Age Begins
1962 SpaceWar one of the earliest computerized video games, was written on DEC PDP-1. Written at MIT by Slug Russell, Shag Graetz, and Alan Kotok.
1966 Ralph Baer designed a ping-pong game for his Odyssey gaming console.
1971 Galaxy Game is the earliest known coin-operated computer or video game. (More Info)
1971 Computer Space, the first commercially sold coin operated arcade video game. It failed because it was too hard to play. It was based in SpaceWar. (More Info)
1972 Atari released Pong video arcade game, this game literally started video arcade industry. (More Info)
1972 Magnavox releases the Odyssey.
1975 Sears Sells the first Atari Pong systems under the label Tele-Games.
1976 Atari releases the Atari Pong.
1976 Coleco releases the Telstar.
1976 Fairchild Semiconductor releases the Channel F
1977 Coleco releases the Telstar Arcade.
1977 Atari releases the VCS (renamed VCS 2600).
1977 Nintendo releases the Color TV Game series
1977 Coleco releases Combat! a tank-themed console.
1977 Bally releases the Bally Professional Arcade (renamed Astrocade).
Trend: Game console manufactures switch to cartridge based systems
1977 Atari released Video Computer System game console, later renamed to Atari 2600.
1978 Space Invaders arcade video game was released. (More Info)
1978 Texas Instruments Inc. introduced Speak & Spell, a talking learning aid for ages 7 and up.
1978 Coleco releases the Telstar Gemeni
1978 Magnavox releases the Odyssey².
1979 Mattel releases the Intellivision.
1979 Milton Bradley releases the Microvision.
1979 The first Multi-User Domain (or Dungeon) also known as a MUD goes online.
1979 Asteroids arcade video game was released. (More Info)
1980 Missile Command: Arcade video game was released
1981 Pacman: Arcade video game was released
1981 Donkey Kong: Arcade video game was released
1982 Emerson releases the Arcadia 2001.
1982 Coleco releases the ColecoVision.
1982 Milton Bradley releases the Vectrex.
1982 Atari releases the 5200 SuperSystem.
1982 Coleco releases the Gemini (different from the Telstar Gemini).
1983 SuperSet Software created a text-mode networked computer game called Snipes that is officially credited for being the original inspiration for Novell NetWare.
History: 1983/1984 The North American video game crash was a massive recession of the video game industry that occurred until about 1985.
1985 Nintendo releases the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
1986 Sega releases the Master System.
1986 Atari releases the Atari 7800.
1987 Worlds of Wonder releases the Action Max.
1989 Nintendo releases the Game Boy.
1989 Sega releases Genesis (16-bit system).
1989 NEC releases the TurboGrafx-16.
1989 Atari releases the Lynx.
1989 Maxis released SimCity, a virtual city simulator
1990 SNK releases the Neo Geo.
1991 Nintendo releases the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) (16-bit system).
Trend: Game console manufactures switch from cartridge based systems, to consoles that have optical drives.
1991 Philips releases the CD-i.
1992 NEC releases the TurboDuo.
1993 Atari releases the Atari Jaguar.
1993 Goldstar releases the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer.
1993 id Software released Doom game
1995 Sega releases the Saturn.
1995 Nintendo releases the Virtual Boy.
1995 Sony releases the PlayStation.
1995 Sega releases the Nomad.
1995 Nintendo release the Virtual Boy a 3D gaming console.
1995 Bandai releases the Pippin.
1996 Nintendo releases the Nintendo 64.
1998 Dance Dance Revolution arcade video game was released (More Info)
1999 Sega releases the Dreamcast.
Trend: Game console manufactures start including network connectivity to allow for multi-player gaming and access to other content (e.g. games, audio, video, etc.).
2000 Sony releases the PlayStation 2.
2001 Microsoft releases the Xbox.
2001 Nintendo releases the Nintendo GameCube.
2005 Microsoft releases the Xbox 360.
2006 Sony releases the PlayStation 3, it's the first video game console with Blu-Ray player.
2006 Nintendo releases the Wii.
2010 Microsoft releases the Kinect. (More Info)
2011 Nintendo releases the 3DS.
History: Next generation of console are being released.
2012 Sony releases the PS Vita.
2012 Nintendo releases the Wii U.
2013 Sony announces the PlayStation 4
History of Video games (Video)
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