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Video Game Timeline

VIDEO GAME timeline



As the world of video games continue to evolve. We take a look back at popular consoles and video games that helped make nintendo, Sony, and microsoft the giants they are today



1st Generation



1967

German-born television engineer Ralph Baer and his coworkers design the first videogame console that works on a standard television and dub it "Brown Box". They develop a chase game,allowing players to control two squares chasing each other on the screen. A modified toy gun is made and able to distinguish spots of light on the screen 12 Other games are made



1972

One of the earliest arcade video games, PonG, is a simple tennis game that became the First commercially successful video game



1972

The world's first home video game console, the magnauox Odyssey, sold 330,000 units in it's lifetime



1974

Gran Trah 10, the first racing arcade game, is released. It is the First arcade game to use ROM.



1974

Maze Wars is released. Considered to be the earliest.First person shooter.



1976

Atari releases Breakout. The prototype was designed by Apple cofounders Steve jobs and Steve Wozniak. Blackberry's current variant is called Breaker



2nd Generation



1977

Atari opens the first Pizza Time Theatre (later Chuck E.Cheese's), a video arcade pizzeria



1977

Atari releases the video Game Computer System (Atari 2600 or UCS). It is most successful video game console of its time



1977

nintendo releases Color TV Game 6,packing 6 variations of "Light Tennis"(pong)



1978

notable Releases:

Space Invaders

Space Wars

Bee gee



1979

notable Releases Asteroids Lunar Lander monaco GP Flight Simulator



1980

notable Releases Pac-man missile Command Defender Centipede



1980

Matterl releases the Intellivision video console; releasing a total of 125 games during it's lifetime



1981

notable Releases Galaga Donkey Hong Frogger



1982

notable Releases Q-Bert Tron Megamania Dig Dug Pole position Joust



3rd genearation



1983

nintendo releases the Family Computer console in Japan and is later released in the United State as the nintendo Entertainment System: 62 million units sold



1983

Sega releases the SG-1000 to the Japanese market Finding only minor success



1984

notable Release: The Legend of Zeida Out Run Bubble Bobble Dragon Quest Metroid



1985

nintendo releases the nES in the us. Super Mario Bros. is released and sells 10 millions copies before year's end;eventually being the top selling video game until 2008 with 40 million copies sold



1986

notable Releases: The Legend oF Zeida Out Run Bubble Bobble Dragon Quest Metroid



1986

Sega releases the sega master system as a competitor to the nES



1987

notable Releases megaman Street Fighter metal Gear Final Lap Castleuania Contra Final Fantasy Phantasy Star Maniac Mansion



4th Generation



1988

The Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis in the US) is released.Sega's most successful console sold 29 million units.



notable Releases:

Altered Beast

Super Mario Bros.

3

Power Pad



1989

bundled with Tetris,nintendo releases the Game boy and is an instant success, selling 118 million world wide



Also Released Power Glove

TurbografH-16

Prince of Persia



1990

nintendo releases the Super Famicon (SnES), the best selling console of the 16-bit era sold 49 million units



Other Releases:

neo Geo

Game Genie

TurboExpress

Bonk's Adventure

Super Mario World

F-Zero



1992

notable Releases: mortal Hombat

Virtua Racing

Kirby's Dream Land

Mario Kart

Air Combat

Philips CD-i



5th Generation



1993

notable Releases:

Ridge Racer

Star Racer

Virtua Fighter

Atarl Jaguar

300



1994

notable Relases:

Killer Instinct

Virtua Fighter

Earthworm Jim



1994

Sony releases the Playstation Console and is heavily influences the end of the cartridge; 125 million units sold



Other releases;

Sega Saturn

Neo Geo CD

Sega 32H



1995

notable Releases:

Chrono Trigger

Time Crisis



1996

nintendo releases the n64. The last significant cartridge based home console was released in colors, it sold 33 million units sold



Other Releases:

Resident Eull Crash Bandicoot Sega Super GT



1997

notable Releases:

Goldeneye 007

Final Fantasy 7

Oddworld

Grand Theft Auto

Gran Turismo



1998

nintendo releases the Gameboy Color



Other Releases:

Rainbow Six

Metal Gear Solid

Xenogears



1999

Sega releases the Dreamcast. Consider to be ahead of its time and the pioneer of online gaming,the Dreamcast sold 10.6 million units



6th Generation



2000

Sony releases the PS2; 138 million units sold and is the best selling console to date



Other Releases:

Perfect Dark Chrono Cross Skies of Arcadia



2001

With their First venture into the video game console market,Microsoft releases the XBOX 24 million units sold



2001

nintendo releases the Gameboy Advance. With several different variants and colors, 81 million are sold.



2001

nintendo releases the Gamecube. nintendo's First console to use optical discs; 21 million units sold



2002

notable Releases;

SOCOM

Animal Crossing

Kingdom Hearts

Vice city

Splinter Cell

Medal of Honor



2004

nintendo releases the nintendo DS sporting a touchscreen and stylus

other Releases:

Fable

Halo 2



2005

Microsoft releases its second console, the XBOX 360



Other Releases:

Gran Turismo 4

Guitar Hero



2006

The Sony Playstation 3 and the nintendo will are released just 8 days apart from each other both enter the 3 way console war



2009

nintendo releases the nintendo DSi and Sony releases the PSP Go.

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