Video games are ever so popular, and a great way of recreation.
Why wouldn’t they be popular after all? They’re found interesting by both sides of the coin: developers and the gamers. While some people see video games as a hobby, or a way of passing the time, there are a lot of other people who are actually so passionate about video games that they have made it their profession. But where exactly did all of this start? It’s an important question to ask, since we are very soon starting to play VR Games. To answer those questions, here’s an infographic about video games history, courtesy of List Enthusiast. I hope you would enjoy it.
If you look at this infographic, the history of video games go far back as the early 50s. During this time, a lot of famous computer scientists were basically designing very simple, and linear games as a part of their studies.
Early Era (1948 – 1972)
Games of this era were very simple, basic, without any storyline and plot. Most importantly, they were made for non-recreational/research purposes. This was mainly due to the limited and expensive computer technology at that time. Since then, we’ve seen games improve at a rapid pace.
If you look at the mainstream entrance of video games, that didn’t happen until the early 70s and 80s. That was the time when the gaming consoles — that supported controllers as well as multiplayer games, started coming out.
Video games were still not very popular in the first and second generation, but with the arrival of 3rd generation of consoles, things started to change. One of the major companies behind the entrance of video games in the mainstream was Atari, followed by Nintendo that took a step further in the early 90s and introduced the NES. From there on, the video game industry flourished unlike anything and it became a massive success. Market shares started rising up, and more and more developers started developing games for these consoles. Game crash of 1983 was huge setback, but things went smooth with a period of time. Games like Super Mario, Contra, Double Dragon etc were among the most popular franchises ever of that era.
Rise of 3D Games
Then came the 4th generation of consoles; as opposed to the 8-bit graphics of the 3rd gen, 4th gen consoles offered improved 16-bit graphics, and the entire generation was largely dominated by the likes of Sega. In the late 1990s, arcade games started to go into a decline and 3D games started rising, and considering the huge graphical improvement they offered, more and more people actually started wanting these better home gaming consoles and 3D games because they actually offered improved gameplay as well.
Advent of Mobile Gaming
The 5th generation of gaming introduced 32 and 64-bit graphics, this generation started back in the 1993 and went on to be one of the most successful generation till 2006. During this generation, the mobile gaming also became a really popular trend, and a lot of people started shifting their focus. However, Sony had come up with their own home gaming consoles, so did Microsoft, and the PC gaming was also on the rise.
6th Generation of Gaming consoles
It was actually the 6th-Gen of gaming consoles which started the famous trio of PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox gaming consoles. And that rivalary is still there in this current generation — 8th it is, for your information. Gaming today happens to be one of the biggest, most lucrative industries we have ever seen and this trend isn’t slowing anytime sooner.