A Brief History of Video Games
A Brief History of Video Games
The entire history of video games, from their earliest origins all the way up to the end of the seventh generation, in 2013.
Emerging from engineering experimentation, the earliest titles such as Tennis for Two, Space War! and Pong helped to establish the roots of the industry.
Early arcade classics built on this, with titles like Breakout, Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pac-Man breaking into the mainstream and remaining legendary today.
Early PC titles such as Maze War, Zork and Rogue helped define new genres: and while Atari 2600 version of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial might have been disappointing, hobbyist coders continued with aplomb – giving rise to titles like Elite, Exile and Tetris.
The video game crash of 1983 dampened the home market, but arcades remained strong: Donkey Kong, Dig-Dug, Pole-Position, Q*Bert and Mario Bros. all successfully sucking quarters from people’s pockets.
The mid-80s saw the rise of the Nintendo home console, starting with Super Mario Brothers and continuing with games like The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, Metroid, Mega-Man, Metal Gear and Final Fantasy.
Dragon’s Lair use of laserdisc technology gave the arcade unit graphics like none other – but a new wave of 16-bit machines would wow home users, with games such as Dungeon Master, Sim City, Shadow of The Beast and The Secret of Monkey Island.
The 1990s saw the 16-bit machines come into their own, with colourful sprites of a scale not seen before: Sonic The Hedgehog, Street Fighter 2, and Lemmings.
Strategy games did well in this era, with the first instalment of Sid Meier’s Civilization and the XCOM turn-based alien tactics of UFO: Enemy Unknown.
Dune 2 saw the dawn of the RTS genre, and Wolfenstein 3D did something similar for first person shooters, and marks id’s genre-defining path through Doom and Quake.
Myst was a mite more sedate, Tekken was a 3D rival to Street Fighter, Marathon a Macintosh rival to Doom and Star Fox invited barrel rolls aplenty.
The late 90s saw Nintendo go from strength to strength, with exclusives such as Super Mario 64, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon, Goldeneye, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Sony responded in kind with the PlayStation, and a new era of titles such as Wipeout, Resident Evil, Gran Turismo and Grand Theft Auto.
Valve shook up the PC scene with 1998’s Half Life, and Blizzard did something similar with Starcraft for the RTS genre.
The new milennium was a good time for PC gamers, with a wave of legendary FPS games such as Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 Arena, and
Counter-Strike – and a host of other exclusives in Grim Fandango, Diablo 2, Deus Ex, The Sims, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
A new wave of consoles brought some new exclusives: Bungie’s Xbox launch title, Halo – the much loved Metroid Prime and Kingdom Hearts – and for a brief time, Grand Theft Auto 3.
Infinity Ward embarked on a remarkably successful franchise with Call of Duty, Blizzard single-handedly popularised MMORPGs with World of Warcraft, and Harmonix introduced a sudden need for plastic guitar peripherals with Guitar Hero.
The PS2 had a couple of good games left in it, with the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 4 – and artful Shadow of the Colossus.
2006 saw a new generation of consoles, and a new wave of shooters: Gears of War, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Halo 3, Bioshock, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Fallout 3.
It wasn’t all blood and guts, however – with more family friendly titles like Wii Sports, The Orange Box / Portal, and LittleBigPlanet.
Hardcore games broached the mainstream, too – with titles like Bayonetta and Dark Souls proving popular without pandering to all audiences.
The rise of the indie game was perhaps unexpected, but provided welcome relief from the monotony of the mainstream – gems like Journey, Fez and Minecraft perhaps the most notable examples.
We bid farewell to Gen 7 with impressive open world titles such as Red Dead Redemption and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – and the impressively detailed settings of games like Bioshock Infinite and
The Last of Us.
what about robinson requiem
This should probably be updated…
Actually, this entire series should be updated…
or do 2020
When people acknowledge games as “games”
Take a drink every time he says “exploits”
Didn’t even mention the first home console shame…….
Wow I didnt expect that my English teacher would let me watch this again
Video was seriously great,should have included crysis which was extreme graphics showdown + gameplay
A wonderful walk down memory lane.
This was my adult life 🙂
9:11 and also generally being the top selling franchise of all time worldwide.
I know you can’t include everything…but Tomb Raider is known by virtually everyone…it still inspires films today! The first Final Fantasy was a game changer for Square..but Final Fantasy Vii was the most iconic FF game by far!
Came here after watching the video about the first ever video games.
Stuff you where is plants vs zombies
are you "xboxahoy"? did you make the black ops-guns videos?
My dad has been playing World of Warcraft for years.
That jab at hl2’s seesaw pizzles, a classic
3:23 The first app I ever bought when I got a smart phone was Dragon’s Lair. Someone had ported the laser disc game to the iPhone, and that’s just awesome! I remember the arcade games were finicky, and were seldom in working order. The iPhone ran the game better than the original!
Well hung Pixel art..
Couldn’t say it better myself!
Think you I use this in my paper your are a lifesaver saved me from reading boring stuff and you made it inserting and if you had a patron I would surly donate for smth.
Hey! SONIC ADVENTURE
It’s Not Pink It really is Electric Salmon
cmon make 2006 like roblox
Wow, a lot happened since 2013.
First time I ever played Mario 64 was also the first time I ever took shrooms.
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Boomers: "vIdEO gAMeS CAuSe ViOLeNCe!!!"
You explain only about you hv played
Im Still so amazed that we managed to make so much progress in this short time
2003 also saw spongebob getting a legendary platformer that proves to be enjoyable to this day
any thinking of part2?
It all works like this
Pac man – changed that we don’t need space shooting games
Mario – changed 3D games forever
Sonic – the speed of a game
The American History of Video Games, that should be the name of this video
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Please improve your self about gaming
Mentions breakout but shows super breakout. I *think* super breakout was the one Steve Jobs subcontracted the Woz to do (and pocketed the bonus), also it (and basketball) were the only game cartridges available for the Atari 400/800 before Starting Raiders.
see, i don’t like all the games i going to mention but:
bomberman? harvest moon? donkey kong, mario kart, super smash bros, tomb raider? how undestand 3d games whitout tomb raider? others zeldas like ww and tp? others marios like super mario world? you mention resident evil 2 times, but mario just one? no mortal kombat and the revolution of adult gamming? no mention to any beaten up? you mention the super ness starfox and not the 64 one with the first rumble? no crash?
at least one dreamcast game, like sonic adventure 1 or 2, telling that it came for the gamecube when sega got out of the console business? roler coaster tycon, age of empires? spiderman 2? prince of persia sands of time or even the original of the pc?
metal gear solid? final fantasy 7? it is the final fantasy 7, you know, it is like ocarina of time of the rpgs, it is the ps1 best, the game that is being entirely remaded, maded a movie!
New games: undertale, assassins creed, batman series, god of war, bioshock, dota, league of legends, minecraft, fortinite, spiderman ps4, braid and the revolution of indie gamming.
Me: (wakes up at 3:30 AM) "Hey, let’s watch the history of videogames"
Where is cadillac and dianasours
King of fighter
Gta san Andreas
Batman 8 bit
Double dragon 8 bit
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4:44 "I FEEL ASLEEP"…oh that takes me back
We have quake which is 3d and then the same year the 8 bit pokemon red and blue
A world before the Fortpocalypse
Esports was not included…that was kinda dissapointing.
Wait last of us was released in 2013? It feels like it was released last year.
I am annoyed that you ommitted GTA Vice City and San Andreas and also PSP.
It’s electric salmon
Take a drink every time he says “exploits”
I love video games
yes, i’m on an ahoy binge. don’t judge me please