The History of Video Games/Important Consoles or Games Released

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  • This programmer designed a computer for the Westinghouse display at the World’s Fair that played a traditional game

     This programmer designed a computer for the Westinghouse display at the World’s Fair that played a traditional game
    The Programmers name is Edward U. Condon.
  • Canadian National Exhibition is one of the earliest known games

    This Tic-Tac-Toe like game was called OXO
  • This physicist created a game to entertain guests

    This physicist created a game to entertain guests
    Willy Higinbotham program displayed a tennis court inside view on an oscilloscope creating a video game.
  • This game became one of the first computer games to be widely distribution

    This game became one of the first computer games to be widely distribution
    Considered a hack at the time "Spacewar!" it was included as a test program for a new computer model.
  • Two games emerged to the general public as a pair of the first US-made coin-operated arcade games.

    Two games emerged to the general public as a pair of the first US-made coin-operated arcade games.
    Neither of them expanded very far as they were too expensive to mass produce these two games were called Computer space and Galaxy game.
  • This defense contractor was the genius behind the first home console system

    This defense contractor was the genius behind the first home console system
    His name was Ralph H. Baer.
  • This company, founded by Bushnell and Dabney, found its start with a simple arcade game involving 2 paddles and a ball

    This company, founded by Bushnell and Dabney, found its start with a  simple arcade game involving 2 paddles and a ball
    This company was Atari and the Game was called Pong
  • From Dungeon to Myst

    his text adventure game is considered to be one of the most influential in creating the RPG genre. It was later renamed to Dungeon.
  • Everquest

    Everquest
    This game is the first to handle online multiplayer, spawning a game genre based on the game’s name also formed the genre MMORPG
  • ue to a major influx of poor quality video games, what event happened to the home console video game industry?

    The Video Game Market Crash
  • The event of 1983 turned people off of video games until this Japanese company released their home console in the US

    The event of 1983 turned people off of video games until this Japanese company released their home console in the US
    Nintendo
  • Console Release- The Playstation 2

    Console Release- The Playstation 2
    Selling over 155 million units it is the best selling console (home) of all time. Competing against the Xbox, Gamecube, and Sega Dreamcast. Has incredible titles like Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid 2, Ratchet and Clank and the biggest Tomb Raider and God of War 1 and 2. A great piece of gaming history with thousands of titles and incredible games. Info from Gamespot
  • Handheld Console- The Gameboy Advance

    The Gameboy Advance sold more than 80 million units and was able to play previous Gameboy games and releasing games like the Super Mario Advance Series, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, multiple Metroid and Zelda games. New iterations mainly the SP version came with a charger and backlit making it Nintendo's first rechargeable handheld.
  • Console- Xbox (Original)

    Console- Xbox (Original)
    Microsofts first ever console to compete within the video game industry competing against the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's Gamecube this console pushed more than 24 million units. The making of this console even brought exclusive games like Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, MechAssault, Crimson Skies, Ninja Gaiden and Forza Horizon. An overall great console but was demolished in terms of sales from the PS2. The original Xbox also had online play for many of its games.
  • Handheld Console- The Nintendo DS

    Handheld Console- The Nintendo DS
    The most successful handheld of all time selling over 154 million units. Helping to usher in a new age if handhelds, competing against the PSP or PlayStation Portable. Selling titles like Super Mario Bros, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, Multiple Legend of Zelda games and Animal Crossing. The DS brought with it new features and different models Like the DSI, cameras, backward compatibility with Gameboy games. It brought a new console type to a new generation.
  • Console- Xbox 360

    Console- Xbox 360
    Microsofts best selling console selling 84 million units. Competing with the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. refining their previous console and focusing on exclusive and mainly Online play. Xbox live pushed the console above its competitors and its incredible exclusives like Halo, Gears of War, Forza, and crackdown. These games were integral to the selling of the units and further down the lifespan of the console was the peak of online play until the new console generation.
  • Console- Nintendo's Wii

    Console- Nintendo's Wii
    Selling over 100 million units is Nintendo's most sold home console and helped to move into a new form of gaming mainly using motion controls with many games using a Wii remote and using certain motions can add to gameplay elements and mechanics. Releasing titles like Mariokart and Wii Sports showing off these new motion controls.
  • Rise of Bethesda( Again) The Modding scene in Skyrim

    Rise of Bethesda( Again) The Modding scene in Skyrim
    releasing The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim and it is a massive hit boosting Bethesda and establishing themselves once again as a great developer. The game had its flaws but was backed up with content and great DLC. The music and setting were amazing and captivated fans and newcomers. Around 2012 the modding scene blew up and on the Nexus Mods site over 1 billion mods have been downloaded by players boosting the game in popularity. Mods are still insanely popular mainly amongst the Bethesda titles.
  • Console- Playstation 4

    Console- Playstation 4
    Sony's fourth console release battling against the Xbox One and the Wii U, selling more than 63 million units. Having two other versions the pro and the slim extending the lifespan a small amount of time. The PS4 is a great console with some fantastic exclusives released. Some titles include Uncharted 4, Shadow of the Colossus, Bloodborne, Marvel's Spiderman, Horizon Zero Dawn, and the Last of Us Remastered. It brought with it a better interface, more apps, PS Vue and Now.
  • Valve and Bethesda- Paid Mods Backlash

    Valve and Bethesda- Paid Mods Backlash
    In 2015 Valve and Bethesda teamed up to bring paid mods to the Steam Community to those who bought The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However free mods have already been out and had company quality content on sites like the Nexus. The community backlash was tense towards both companies, with a petition being signed by over 82,000 thousand people to remove paid mods from Steam. They were successful and sent a message about how mods would remain free.
  • The Witcher 3/CD Projekt Praise

    The Witcher 3/CD Projekt Praise
    In 2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt helped Polish company CD Projekt Red in popularity and good faith. With no microtransactions, great story and DLC add-ons. Getting critical high scores and a Game of the Year edition. Potentially one of the best games of all time due to its positive feedback, gameplay, mechanics, story, and lack of monetization. CD Projekt Red is one of the better companies to gain than lose over the past years due to their business practices.
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    The Golden Age

    A special name for coin-operated video games
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    The resurgence of video games as entertainment brought about many innovations, including the ability to game on the go

    This systems were called Handhelds and systems like the Gameboy were leading the charge.
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    The ability to game on the go brought an interest in another genre of games that relied on ‘apps.’

    Mobile games
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    Present Day Events

    From Console releases to Innovative Games
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    The Grand Theft Auto Games By Rockstar

    GTA by Rockstar is one of the biggest franchises in gaming pushing the limits of consoles and selling millions of copies. With around $800 million in the first week. However also ripe with controversies and lawsuits. One is GTA San Andreas getting an Adult only rating due to a cut sex minigame found within the files making Rockstar take it out so they can move done to a Mature rating.
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    Controversy - Gamergate

    A huge controversy involving rumors that takes place more almost three years involving gaming journalism, free speech amongst the community, ethics amongst journalism and attacks upon female members of the community. Still holds a lot of weight now and is typically negative connotation of you "agree" with Gamergate. Certain events showed the true colors of journalists from taking bribes to planning outrage it shook the gaming community. Effects are continuing til this day.