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The evolution of video games

  1. 1. The Evolution of Video Game Consoles John Morrison Rowan McManus Period 7
  2. 2. Definition • A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer system that produces a video display signal which can be used with a display device (a television, monitor, etc.) to display a video game.
  3. 3. Magnavox Odyssey • Created by Ralph Baer • Released May of 1972 • He wanted to make television interactive • Tennis for Two (Pong) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnavox_Odyss ey
  4. 4. Design • Used a printed circuit board (similar to N64 cartridges) • Jumper Cables were used to connect the system’s signal to the television • They did not have color, so Magnavox sold plastic slips to go over screen and simulate colors
  5. 5. Improvements
  6. 6. Timeline
  7. 7. 1985 1989 1994 1996 1998 2001 2001 2001 2005 2006 2006 Future
  8. 8. Improvements • More buttons, more in depth games • Large Battery to Wall Plug in • On Screen Scoring (Odyssey 200) • Cartridges to Compact Disks (Playstation) • Black and White to Color • Online Game Play (Dreamcast) Later improved by Xbox with the ethernet cable • 3 dimensional (N64) • Faster Running Speed
  9. 9. Controller Evolution
  10. 10. Who Plays Videogames? • 65% of American Households Play Computer or Video Games • Average Gamer is 35 years old and has been playing 13 years by that point • 190 million households are expected to have a next generation console by 2012 • In 2007 an average of nine games were sold every second!
  11. 11. Effects On Society • Many people find enjoyment from video games, but they make some people more violent • A very large factor in obesity and lack of social skills • It is however a pastime throughout America and is good for bringing people together.
  12. 12. References • Polsson, Ken (May 9, 2007). "Chronology of Video Game Systems". http://www.islandnet.com/~kpolsson/vidgame/vid1995.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-09. • The First Video Game". Brookhaven National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy. http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/history/higinbotham.asp. Retrieved 2008-04-15. • The Game Console. "A History of Home Video Games from Atari to Xbox, Playstation and Wii." Google. Web. 13 Sept. 2010. <http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:iVxqnERYCBAJ:www.thegameconsole.com/ evolution of video games&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&safe=active>. • Stack, Patrick. "Video Game Console Timeline - Video Game History - Xbox 360 - TIME Magazine." Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com. 23 May 2005. Web. 13 Sept. 2010. <http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101050523/console_timeline/>.
  13. 13. THE END

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