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The Brief History of Video Games


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A short slide cast I had to do for a class assignment.

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The Brief History of Video Games

  1. 1. As Known By The Gaming MACHINE
  2. 2.  Witheach passing title and year, games become more interactive, new creative forms of game play and lastly more and more visually appealing that is match by the creative script of the games story. Resultsfrom advancements in video games have made games as memorable as the re- releases of the Star Wars movies. In this Slide cast you will see some of the major highlights in gaming history.
  3. 3. In 1952, A.S. Douglas created the first computer game, "Noughts and Crosses" as part of his doctoral dissertation.
  4. 4.  In1972 the granddaddy of all games, and some argue possibly one of the greatest games of all time, Atari releases Pong as a coin operated arcade game, and becomes a huge success.
  5. 5.  In1983, Danielle Bunten Berry, the creator of the game M.U.L.E. believes that multi-player games are the future of the industry.
  6. 6.  In 1986, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is released nationally in the United States, it is widely accepted by gamers and reaches record sales.
  7. 7. In 1994, The Entertainment SoftwareRating Board is established by theEntertainment Software Association(ESRB) to provide ratings and informationabout video and computer games.
  8. 8.  In 1996, Nintendo 64 is launched and marked as the first 64-bit game console, despite the fact that the system doesnt use CD tech, the console displays impressive graphics and 3D game play for using cartridge based usage, and quickly becomes a hot selling item.
  9. 9.  In1999, the Sega Dreamcast is released, with its revolutionary new VMU memory card system and built in modem, it is said that this console is truly ahead of its time.
  10. 10.  In2000, the Playstation 2 is released as a 128-bit platform and the first system to use DVD technology.
  11. 11. In 2001 Nintendo releases the GameCubeand is the first system to use opticalminidisks to store games. Later on that year,Microsoft releases the Xbox, the firstconsole to contain the hard disc space of acomputer and was able to support HDTV, atthis point the "console wars" have begun.
  12. 12. In 2004 the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSPare released within a month of each other,starting a whole new generation of portablesystems.
  13. 13.  XBox 360 (Xbox or 360) Set the standards for online multi- player ability. For the most part, the preferred of the three systems. PlayStation 3 (PS3) Considered more of a multi- purpose media devise. And the preferred Blu-Ray player on the market. Nintendo Wii (Wii) The only true gaming console. It’s designed focused to family use.
  14. 14. In 2010, the introduction of new technologyinto the video game industry, in the form ofbody motion detection in the form ofPlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect,these technologies are said to revolutionizethe way we play games today by shrinkingthe gap of how closely we can interact withthe game.
  15. 15.  Herman, L., Horwitz, J., & Miller, S. (2002, Febuary 5). The history of video games. Retrieved from Discovery Channel. (n.d.). History of video games [Web]. Retrieved from PBS (n.d.). Interactive timeline of game history. Retrieved from Stahl, T. (2011, January 12). The chronology of the history of video games. Retrieved from History of computer games. (2011, September 27). Retrieved from Kudler, A. (n.d.). Video games: Timeline. Retrieved from (7.) Shimpi, Anand. "Welcome to Valhalla: Inside the New 250GB Xbox 360 Slim." AnandTech. N.p., 18 Jun 2010. Web. 26 Nov 2011. <>. (8.) Patel, Nilay. "New Xbox 360 gets official at $299, shipping today, looks angular and ominous (video hands-on!)." engadget., 14 Jun 2010. Web. 26 Nov 2011. <>. (9.) Stevens , Tim. "New Xbox 360 guide: Microsofts slim console explained." engadget., 15 Jun 2010. Web. 26 Nov 2011. <>.