8Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney (future founders of Atari) created an arcade version of Spacewar, called Computer Space.the first video arcade gamedifficult to play
9Pong 1972 Created by Ralph Baer at Magnavox Odyssey A ping pong game with a moving ball controlled by user paddles; used a TV as the display
101975Atari's version of Pong was released; It became a hot Christmas presentAlso became a popular arcade gameAtari was sued by Baer and Magnavox, and it had to pay a one-time license fee of $700,000Atari Pongconsole
11Video game crash of 1977Manufacturers of older, obsolete consoles and Pong clones sold their systems at a loss to clear stock, creating a glut in the market.Only Atari and Magnavox remained in the home console market by the end of 1977.
12Atari 2600 (1977) Almost the first cartridge-based home system Open architecture allowed easy developmentFirst to introduce licensing of a system to game devs
131978 The trackball was the controller forAtari's Football. Space Invaders was the first arcade game that tracked and displayed high scores.
14ArcadesAsteroids was the first game to allow a high scorer to enter their name as three characters to be stored in the machine.
15Battlezone was the first 3D game, set in a virtual battlefield Lunar Lander, Atari (1979)Battlezone was the first 3D game, set in a virtual battlefieldit was later enhanced by the U.S. government for military training
16Pac-Man released by Namco in 1980-1981 generated $100 million in sales during its lifetime
17Rise of the home computer (1980's) Popular as a gaming platform:Commodore VIC-20(1981), Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II, IBM PC, and IBM clonesStart of game developer studios e.g. EA, Lucas Arts
18Popular Arcade Games Donkey Kong (1981) Frogger, Centipede (1981) Pole Position, Joust (1982)Mario Bros, Spy Hunter (1983)
19Video Games Crash of 1983 Factors for the collapse include: Lack of innovationOver supplyPoor strategic choices by Atari (e.g. its E.T game)Rise of the home computerPress/public perception of games as a fad (a short-lived fashion)
20Console Rebirth Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in USA (1985) Sega Master System (1986)
21Tetris 1985Developed by a Russian programmer, Alex Pajitnov, for the PC.
221989 Nintendo released the Game Boy. NEC released the TurboGrafx-16 first 16-bit console in the U.Sfirst system to run games stored on CDs
23Rise of the PC (1990's) Myst (1993) Doom (1993) no obvious enemies, no physical violence, no threat of "dying"Doom (1993)very important first-person shooter
24Arcade Hardware (1990's)Arcades focued on bringing in more "ride-and-video" games like skiing, snowboarding, and Jet Skiing, as they were more popular than shooting and fighting games.Used specialised hardware (not on PCs)
25Sega and Nintendo Sega Genesis console (16-bit) Nintendo Super NES (1991)introduced the world to Sonic the Hedgehog
261993-1994 US Senate investigation into violence in video games. The Entertainment Software Rating Board was created.Rating on a game's box indicate the suggested age of players and the violent content.
27Playstation (1994) Sony released the PlayStation 1 in 1994 PlayStation 2 released in 2000, maintaining backwards compatibilityalso the PS3, PSP, VitaIt is the most popular game console with over 20 million sold.
281996 The Tamagotchi virtual pet became a sensation in Japan. It was released in the U.S. in May, selling all of its 30,000-unit supply in 3 days.
29Pokémon Created by Japanese video game enthusiast Satoshi Tajiri Pokémon Red and Green released for Nintendo Game Boy in 1996Movies, TV series, and multiple sequels followed
30Late 1990’s Introduction of 3D engines Millions of polygons Shaders and physics
31GameCube (2001)Nintendo's GameCube delivered an easier development environment for game creators.Nintendo released the GameBoy Advance, a portable gaming system.
322004The Nintendo DS, a portable system with two screens, one of which could be used as a touch screen.
332005Sony released the PSP, a portable system with a large, high-resolution display.Microsoft unveiled the XBox 360, a console system in November.
342006Nintendo released the Wii, a gaming system that let gamers play by moving the controllere.g. swinging it like a tennis racket, holding and tilting it like a steering wheel
352008Grand Theft Auto 4 broke sales records in its first week after gamers bought more than 6 million copies.
36More than 10 million worldwide subscribers make World of Warcraft the most popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) game.MMOs create entire virtual universes for players and redefine how we play, learn, and relate to each other.
372009Social games like Farmville and mobile games like Angry Birds shake up the games industry.Millions of people who never would have considered themselves gamers now while away hours playing games on new platforms like Facebook and the iPhone.
382010The indie game movement comes of age with the tremendous popularity of Minecraft, the addictive brick-building game from Swedish developer Markus Persson (coded in Java).
392. Trends New types of controllers Online gaming Mobile games Motion control changes game playRise of casual PC games
402.1. Alternate controllers NES and PC gaming had driving wheels and aircraft joysticks in the 1990's, New controllers in 2000's included:a soft plastic mat foot control for Dance Dance RevolutionSamba De Amigo's maraca controllersDonkey Kong bongo controller
41Guitar Hero -- a guitar-shaped controllers for the PlayStation 2. Sony: the EyeToy peripheral, a camera that could detect player movement, for the PlayStation 2.
42Return of the virtual reality head-mounted display: the Oculus Riftdeveloper kits available since March 2014consumer versions due out in 2015optional treadmill
432.2 Online gamingMassively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs)significant titles for the PC market included RuneScape, World of Warcraft, EverQuest, and Ultima Online
442.3 Mobile gamesOlder arcade-style games have become popular again on mobile phones, since they are simpler to play and implement.Mobile phone gaming revenues:> 1 billion dollars in 2003> 5 billion dollars in 2007, a quarter of all videogaming revenue
45More advanced phones have added to the appeal of mobile phone gaming: Nokia N-Series in 2005iPhone in 2007Android on multiple platforms since 2005New features such as twin cameras, easy multimedia recording, accelerometer, GPS, compass, suggest new game types.
462.4 Motion control The Wii Remote has been very successful. But motion controls tend to be slow, inaccurate.Various add-on attachments adapt the Wii Remote to specific games, such as the Wii Zapper for shooting games and the Wii Wheel for driving games.
47The Balance BoardMicrosoft Kinect SensorThe PlayStation Move (+ Eye Toy)
482.5 Rise of casual PC gamesGames with limited complexity for short play.Many are puzzle gamesPopcap's Bejeweled and PlayFirst's Diner Dash
49The biggest hit is The Sims, which has become the best selling computer game of all time.
50In 2008, social network games began gaining mainstream popularity following the release of Happy Farm in China.The most popular social network game is FarmVille, which has over 70 million active users worldwide.
513. Influential Early Games Wolfenstein 3DDune IISuper Mario 64Half-LifeGrand Theft Auto IIIPrince of PersiaDragon WarriorAlone in the DarkSimCityWizardryDoomPong
52Wizardry (1981)First graphically-rich Dungeons & Dragons-type game for home computers.The release coincided with the height of D&D's popularity in the USA.
53Dragon Warrior (1986)First role-playing video game (RPG) in the Dragon Quest series.More emphasis on storytelling and emotional involvement, and exposed the Western game genre to Japanese manga.
54Prince of Persia (1989)Originally a 2D platform game, but the series switched to 3D in 1999.Included intelligent puzzles, deadly traps, sprawling non-scrolling levels, fluid animation.