A Brief History Of Video Games

There has been many great video games. They  generated millions of dollars in revenue and are a fun past time. Here is a brief history of video games going by the generations.

        The average 13 year old spends upwards of 6.3 hours playing video games a week. That’s a lot of gaming! But I bet the average 13 year old couldn’t tell you what the first gaming console was.

          The first video game console was called the Brown Box and was actually made out of wood. It came out in 1967. But the first actual home console wasn’t released until 1972 with the Magnus Odyssey which sold around 30,000 units.

Skipping ahead to 1983, Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) which is considered the greatest video game console of all time with 62 million units purchased. Some of the great games on the NES were Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Tetris, Dragon Quest, and Metroid.

        Some of the most memorable game systems in the late 80’s and early 90’s were Nintendo with first handheld the Game Boy and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and Sega with the Sega Genesis. Some of the most popular games were Sonic the Hedgehog,  Mortal Kombat, and Mario Kart.

In the mid to late 90’s some notable game system releases were Sony’s first console with the Playstation, Sega’s last installment in the gaming world the Sega Dreamcast, and Nintendo with the Game Boy Color and the N64 selling more than 33 million copies! Some remarkable games were Final Fantasy 7, Goldeneye, Doom, Chrono Trigger, Killer Instinct, Earthworm Jim, and Starfox.

      In the early 2000s there were many memorable gaming systems released such as Sony’s first handheld the Playstation Portable or PSP and the best selling console in recent history the Playstation                            selling one hundred thirty eight million. Microsoft entered the market with their first console the Xbox , Nintendo with the Game Boy Advance and the Gamecube. Some of the most memorable game titles were So-com, Animal Crossing, Kingdom of Hearts, Vice City, Medal of Honor, and the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker.

In the late 2000s considered the golden years of video games came the Playstation 3, the WII the DS, and DSi from Nintendo, and the Xbox 360 from Microsoft.   


By Garret Chastain

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