Whenever I start playing a few games on my Xbox 360I couldn’t help but wonder how it came to be. My parents tell me the video games were not just popular back on the days and it had been believed an idea of the future. With this in mind, I started to recall my early childhood memories when it comes to video games. And since I did not have anything good to do today, I decided to do some research about the complete history of video game consoles. To my surprise, I realized that the very first console I had back when I was a child wasn’t the”first game console”. I had this notion that my previous games console was the first first created, so I guess it was really worth the time exploring regarding video game consoles.
Whatever the case, let’s start our blast from the past as I take you back in the humble beginnings of the treasured video game consoles.
The thought of playing games in front of the tv has been considered absurd and also a thing of the future. All except for one Ralph Baer who guessed one absurd idea; the ability to interact with your tv, which includes playing games on it. This was in 1951 while building television sets for Loral at Bronx, New York. Back in 1966, he successfully built a game called”Chase” in which two dots chased each other round the screen. He showed the idea to his new supervisor, R&D owner Herbert Campman, that he was given some funding along with his job has been taken by the company as an official one. A Couple of years afterwards, Ralph Baer successfully produced the”Brown Box”, which is considered as the Terrific grandfather of all video game consoles
A few decades after, Magnavox decided to invest on video games and created the very first video game console called the Magnavox Oddysey. It was an innovation as it had been the very first video game which can be connected to your television set. It was the first in regards to console peripherals because it is possible to purchase a light gun which you can link to the console when playing shooting games.
Back in 1975, Atari came up with its own game console combined with Pong, a game which would continue being a favorite concept until now. The console doesn’t have some controllers though; actually, the console looks like a control itself, which means you could probably say that is the grandfather of all handheld tv games. Released in 1977it could become so popular it was the only console asides out of Magnavox to survive the first game console crash in 1977. Both firms continued to create games for their respective game consoles until the second match console crash of 1983. Atari and Magnavox suffered from too many badly developed games, which explains why Nintendo turned into a highly popular gaming brand inside this era. This was in this year at which the Nintendo Entertainment System was released and developed.
Back in Japan, it was known as”Famicom” while in North America, it was called”NES” or just plain”Nintendo”. This is my very first video game console and as far as I can remember, I played with lots of games with this console. Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, Contra, Megaman, and a lot of different games filled my cabinet instead of Barbie dolls and other girly stuff. Nintendo’s success continued until Sega rose up to battle their game console with the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console. In fact, the sole reason I wanted my parents to get me a Sega Mega Drive was since I always wanted to play Sonic the Hedgehog!
Nintendo felt that Sega was really getting popular, two years after the release of the Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Enterntainment System or SNES. The SNES was also popular among kids at that time. In fact, almost all of my buddies become confused about what console they’d want to purchase for Christmas!
Then in 1995, the era of 16 bit and 32 bit games were overshadowed by the Sony Playstation. The movie game console sported better pictures, improved hardware and software support, a new pair of useful controls and the memory card, a device which allows gamers store their stored games. It was revolutionary really, because it uses capsules, but disk drives rather. Sega and Nintendo both replied together with all the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo 64, however if it has to do with the brand new generation of video game consoles, the Sony Playstation is the king.
Years passed and by 1999, the PC’s were now engineered towards gaming also. Sega released the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, but was badly received and eventually stopped in 2001 because they tried implementing a type of disc drive called the GD-Rom. It was a move to stop software piracy, but instead it resulted in poor sales. Nintendo Gamecube endured the identical fate when it released the Gamecube; the console only plays 8 millimeter disk drives and has been stopped in 2007.