Around the world, millions of players are enjoying video games today.
And why not? Video games are a great, immersive form of entertainment. They even improve your IQ. They provide other worlds to escape to, where we can be elite warriors or highly skilled sportspeople. A wide variety of types and genres of video games are out there to suit all different kinds of players. And for many people they can even provide a career – the video game industry is a multi-billion dollar one which employs thousands of people.
But how did video games grow to be what they are today? Here’s an infographic to help you out.
If we take a look at this historical infographic by List Enthusiast, we can get a sense of video games – even where they found their beginning in the early 1950s.
Early Video Games
The start of the history of interactive electronic entertainment systems and true video games came around the end of the 1940s and early 1950s. The games of this era didn’t have many players – they were mostly used by early computer engineers to test out some different concepts, like different ways of processing, coding or interacting – and they were often displayed at science expos, not distributed commercially.
Arcade and Console Games
Video games began expanding in countries like Japan and America in the 1970s. The first popular video games were arcade games – replacing old-fashioned pinball machines, coin-operated arcade video games became so popular that they even led to shortages in coins! Gamers quickly became addicted to some of these simple yet immersive classics.
The never-ending advance in computing power meant gamers could soon enjoy console games, plugged into their own television sets and played at home. These games grew rapidly in the early 1980s, especially in North America, where problems in the industry led to the crash of 1983. But by the end of the decade, companies focusing on quality titles like Nintendo and Sega were flourishing. Handheld consoles that didn’t need a television set even allowed gamers to take their games anywhere. Pacman was also one of the most popular game of that era.
PCs and 3D gaming
In the 1990s, games took to the world of 3-dimesional graphics (3D). Through further advances in computing power, gamers could be immersed in a whole new world even more realistic than before. Gaming on personal computers (PCs) had started to grow during the 1980s, as more and more people started using computers in their offices and for other applications too.
During the decade, game companies like Nintendo and Sony released powerful 64-bit consoles that allowed for 3D gaming in a gamer’s living room. Classic console titles were reinvented and new favorites were developed.
Internet gaming and the future
The spread of the internet throughout the world meant that new possibilities were opened up for gamers. By the 2000s, players were able to compete with each other from across continents, read and watch reviews and playthroughs online, and even participate in professional tournaments to see who is the best gamer.
The power of the internet and new technology like Virtual Reality means that gamers continue to have a world of variety to chose from.