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    • Computer Game Platforms & Technologies
      Week 1
      Introduction to Computer Games
    • The Module
      12 Week Module
      Theory & Practical Based
      Two Assignments
      One Presentation
      One Demonstration
      Key background for understanding the Games Industry
    • Computer Games
      What are Video Games?
      Entertainment?
      Educational?
      Practical?
      Not always mass market
    • History of Games
      The origin of video games lies in early cathode ray tube-based missile defense systems in the late 1940s. These programs were later adapted into other simple games during the 1950s. By the late 1950s and through the 1960s, more computer games were developed (mostly on mainframe computers), gradually increasing in sophistication and complexity.[n 1] Following this period, video games diverged into different platforms: arcade, mainframe, console, personal computer and later handheld games.
      Text obtained from Wikipedia -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_video_games
    • ???
      When was the first console ever made?
      How many generations of consoles are there?
    • History
      The first commercially viable video game was Computer Space in 1971
      First generation consoles (1972–1976)
      Second generation consoles (1977–1984)
      Third generation consoles (1985–1989)
      Fourth generation consoles (1990–1994)
      Fifth generation consoles (1995–2000)
      Sixth generation consoles (since 2001)
      Seventh generation consoles (since 2005)
    • So it begins...
      Missile Defence, Draughts, Tic-tac-toe
      Cathode Ray Tube
      Oscilloscope
      Analogue Computers
      Mainframes
    • First Generation (1972–1976)
      The first home 'console' system was developed by Ralph Baer
      Magnavox Odyssey
      The Odyssey used cartridges that mainly consisted of jumpers
      Odyssey system achieved sales of 2 million units.
      Mainframe games were being developed
    • Second Generation (1977–1984)
      Video Computer System (VCS) - Renamed Atari 2600
      1979 saw the creation of Activision, comprising of disgruntled Atari programmers. First third party game developer – look where they are now!
    • Third Generation (1985–1989)
      8 Bit
      Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
      Sega Master System
    • Golden Age of Gaming
      Pac man (1980)
      Defender (1980)
      Mario Bros. (1983)
      Elite (1984)
      Metal Gear (1987)
      Street Fighter (1987)
      MegamiTensei (1987)
    • Fourth generation consoles (1990–1994)
      16 Bit
      Super Nintendo Entertainment System
      Sega Mega drive
    • Fifth generation consoles (1995–2000)
      32/64 bit
      Jaguar
      Sega Saturn
      Sony Playstation
      Nintendo N64
    • Sixth generation consoles (since 2001)
      Xbox
      Playstation 2
      GameCube
      Dreamcast
    • Seventh generation consoles (since 2005)
      Wii
      Xbox 360
      PS3
    • What Next?