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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
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
One of the earliest arcade video games, PonG, is a simple tennis game that became the First commercially successful video game
The world's first home video game console, the magnauox Odyssey, sold 330,000 units in it's lifetime
Gran Trah 10, the first racing arcade game, is released. It is the First arcade game to use ROM.
Maze Wars is released. Considered to be the earliest.First person shooter.
Atari releases Breakout. The prototype was designed by Apple cofounders Steve jobs and Steve Wozniak. Blackberry's current variant is called Breaker
Atari opens the first Pizza Time Theatre (later Chuck E.Cheese's), a video arcade pizzeria
Atari releases the video Game Computer System (Atari 2600 or UCS). It is most successful video game console of its time
nintendo releases Color TV Game 6,packing 6 variations of "Light Tennis"(pong)
notable Releases Asteroids Lunar Lander monaco GP Flight Simulator
notable Releases Pac-man missile Command Defender Centipede
Matterl releases the Intellivision video console; releasing a total of 125 games during it's lifetime
notable Releases Galaga Donkey Hong Frogger
notable Releases Q-Bert Tron Megamania Dig Dug Pole position Joust
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
Sega releases the SG-1000 to the Japanese market Finding only minor success
notable Release: The Legend of Zeida Out Run Bubble Bobble Dragon Quest Metroid
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
notable Releases: The Legend oF Zeida Out Run Bubble Bobble Dragon Quest Metroid
Sega releases the sega master system as a competitor to the nES
notable Releases megaman Street Fighter metal Gear Final Lap Castleuania Contra Final Fantasy Phantasy Star Maniac Mansion
The Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis in the US) is released.Sega's most successful console sold 29 million units.
Super Mario Bros.
bundled with Tetris,nintendo releases the Game boy and is an instant success, selling 118 million world wide
Also Released Power Glove
Prince of Persia
nintendo releases the Super Famicon (SnES), the best selling console of the 16-bit era sold 49 million units
Super Mario World
notable Releases: mortal Hombat
Kirby's Dream Land
Sony releases the Playstation Console and is heavily influences the end of the cartridge; 125 million units sold
Neo Geo CD
nintendo releases the n64. The last significant cartridge based home console was released in colors, it sold 33 million units sold
Resident Eull Crash Bandicoot Sega Super GT
Final Fantasy 7
Grand Theft Auto
nintendo releases the Gameboy Color
Metal Gear Solid
Sega releases the Dreamcast. Consider to be ahead of its time and the pioneer of online gaming,the Dreamcast sold 10.6 million units
Sony releases the PS2; 138 million units sold and is the best selling console to date
Perfect Dark Chrono Cross Skies of Arcadia
With their First venture into the video game console market,Microsoft releases the XBOX 24 million units sold
nintendo releases the Gameboy Advance. With several different variants and colors, 81 million are sold.
nintendo releases the Gamecube. nintendo's First console to use optical discs; 21 million units sold
Medal of Honor
nintendo releases the nintendo DS sporting a touchscreen and stylus
Microsoft releases its second console, the XBOX 360
Gran Turismo 4
The Sony Playstation 3 and the nintendo will are released just 8 days apart from each other both enter the 3 way console war
nintendo releases the nintendo DSi and Sony releases the PSP Go.