Video games do not have a very long history, and the beginnings of this phenomenon only go back a couple of decades.
However, the history of gaming is filled with exciting moments, and the progress of technology and innovation has left clean marks for us to be able to follow the most important moments in the development of gaming.
Even though gaming was practiced in the ancient times as well, which can be seen from several artifacts found in Egypt and similar civilizations, video gaming had to wait for the invention of electronic computers, and that is why video games have less than a century of tradition.
However, gaming has expanded beyond all expectations, and people now spend more than $33 billion annually on playing video games. The fascination with virtual worlds and characters grows stronger by the day, and 4 out of 5 households in the United States have a gaming console.
The overall gaming industry is enormous, and the total worth of this business is estimated at more than $100 billion. With such impressive numbers, it is easy to forget “how it was in the beginning” and that humble origins of video gaming are responsible for what was to become of this addictive “pass time.”
The first video games started to appear in the 1950s and 60s when simple simulations were developed for big computers that were found in research facilities and big corporations.
The first games and programs were focused on research, not entertainment, which slowed the progress and we had to wait several years before the first gaming consoles were invented. 1962 saw the appearance of “Space war!”, and five years later, in 1967, Ralph Bauer developed “Brown Box” – the first home gaming system.
Bushnell was the founder of Atari, a well-known gaming company, and their console called Atari 2600 was the first console to reach industrial production and massive numbers of sales. 1970s and 80s were especially productive and fruitful when it comes to video games, and arcades were a cultural trademark of this period.
Games like “Space Invaders”, “PacMan”, “Mario Bros”, “The Legend of Zelda”, and so on, have marked this era, and they have left a strong influence on adolescents and anyone else who ever played these titles.
Later on, during the 1990s, gaming continued to grow and evolve, and the appearance of Windows and the subsequent Internet revolution brought major changes to the ways in which people were playing their games.
Nintendo and Sega were active in that period, but Play Station and Xbox appeared at the start of the 2000s, and they dominated the gaming world ever since.
However, mobile gaming is also becoming an important force on the gaming scene, and the experts predict that smartphones and tablets are going to be even more important in the future. Virtual reality and artificial intelligence are also improving, and all of this is leading to better games and more fun to the gamers.