A Brief History of Video Games

A Brief History of Video Games

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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.


  1. Morawa 1 on May 3, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    what about robinson requiem

  2. TKB on May 3, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    This should probably be updated…

    Actually, this entire series should be updated…

  3. Taco Nicky on May 3, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    or do 2020

  4. Antônio Guilherme Benigno Milhomem on May 3, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    When people acknowledge games as “games”

  5. Hex [archived] on May 3, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Take a drink every time he says “exploits”

  6. The Jers on May 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Didn’t even mention the first home console shame…….

  7. NhatHuy8204 on May 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Wow I didnt expect that my English teacher would let me watch this again

  8. Gaming Freak on May 3, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Video was seriously great,should have included crysis which was extreme graphics showdown + gameplay

  9. Thomas h on May 3, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    A wonderful walk down memory lane.

    This was my adult life 🙂

  10. Kefka Palazzo on May 3, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    9:11 and also generally being the top selling franchise of all time worldwide.

  11. Adam Vanilla on May 3, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    No csgo?!?!!?

  12. dadada486 on May 3, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    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!

  13. Bad Gamer's Journal on May 3, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Came here after watching the video about the first ever video games.

  14. ConnorVDL on May 3, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Stuff you where is plants vs zombies

  15. Johannes Arndt on May 3, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    are you "xboxahoy"? did you make the black ops-guns videos?

  16. Tyler Lyons on May 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    My dad has been playing World of Warcraft for years.

  17. DrEsquizoide on May 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    That jab at hl2’s seesaw pizzles, a classic

  18. Morgan Ahoff on May 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    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!

  19. Jack Headroom on May 3, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Well hung Pixel art..
    Lovely! Haha!
    Couldn’t say it better myself!

  20. ag_unity_yt on May 3, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    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.

  21. The Fastest Thing alive on May 3, 2020 at 4:06 pm


  22. Lukazi on May 3, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    It’s Not Pink It really is Electric Salmon

  23. Taco Nicky on May 3, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    cmon make 2006 like roblox

  24. Most Epic of Gamers on May 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Wow, a lot happened since 2013.

  25. Long duk dong on May 3, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    First time I ever played Mario 64 was also the first time I ever took shrooms.

  26. Stevan lucky on May 3, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    yo, i will use your video for academical purpose, hope you okay with that. thanks for your video, your video is the best source material available around, it’s so great.

  27. Rose Mary on May 3, 2020 at 4:13 pm


    Boomers: "vIdEO gAMeS CAuSe ViOLeNCe!!!"

  28. mannu sharma on May 3, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    You explain only about you hv played

  29. laen on May 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Im Still so amazed that we managed to make so much progress in this short time

  30. DiscoKitten5 on May 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    2003 also saw spongebob getting a legendary platformer that proves to be enjoyable to this day

  31. 相川歩 on May 3, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    any thinking of part2?

  32. veteran_dino on May 3, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    update pls

  33. Japh urtecho on May 3, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    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

  34. fabio ribeiro on May 3, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    The American History of Video Games, that should be the name of this video

  35. Lordkey51 on May 3, 2020 at 4:19 pm


  36. mannu sharma on May 3, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Please improve your self about gaming

  37. wumpus the hunted on May 3, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    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.

  38. Jose Luis P. C. Rocha on May 3, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    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.

  39. Mj Hall on May 3, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Me: (wakes up at 3:30 AM) "Hey, let’s watch the history of videogames"

  40. mannu sharma on May 3, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Where is cadillac and dianasours
    King of fighter
    Street fighter
    Gta san Andreas
    Batman 8 bit
    Double dragon 8 bit

  41. N.V.K Novak on May 3, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    4:44 "I FEEL ASLEEP"…oh that takes me back

  42. Kool Kid on May 3, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    We have quake which is 3d and then the same year the 8 bit pokemon red and blue

  43. Antônio Guilherme Benigno Milhomem on May 3, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    A world before the Fortpocalypse

  44. Mon Quinto on May 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Esports was not included…that was kinda dissapointing.

  45. Spanics Antal on May 3, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Wait last of us was released in 2013? It feels like it was released last year.

  46. Akash Suresh on May 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I am annoyed that you ommitted GTA Vice City and San Andreas and also PSP.

  47. Freidheim of Prussia on May 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    It’s electric salmon

  48. Hex [archived] on May 3, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Take a drink every time he says “exploits”

  49. Rubi R on May 3, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I love video games

  50. omri lerer on May 3, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    yes, i’m on an ahoy binge. don’t judge me please

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