With video games becoming a major part of our lives as children and adults both get engrossed in them, one may wonder about the history or the evolution of video games. They might wonder what sort of games came up during the times of inception of video games and should they know it, it is no wonder that comparing the pioneer video games with today's high-tech and high end games will make us realize the development and progress that has been made in this great industry.
Origins of the video game can be traced back to the year 1947. Created by Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann, this pioneer video game was displayed using a cathode ray tube device. Concept and the "plot" of the game was in the likes of a missile simulator created using the radar technologies of the World War II.
Following this unintended step in to an untapped industry, in 1966, a major step was taken in this regard when a person called Ralph Baer resumed work on the first TV based video game ever to come to consumer hands. After a just year of work, he made a breakthrough when he and one of his associates came up with the first video game to be played on a television set. Five years later, the very first video game console came in to being named, Odyssey. This console was produced by Magnavox.
Second Generation (1977-1983)
This generation of advancement saw the item called the cartridge being introduced in to the gaming world for the very first time. These cartridges contained ROM chips which was used to burn programs into and these cartridges can then be used to insert into the console and engage in play. A major advantage of this technology was that, the consumers were able to collect and play numerous games at will.
Third Generation (1985 - 1989)
This generation of development saw the console based video gaming fall and computer based gaming taking over. This happened partly due to the famous crash of the console video games and also due to the fact that computer gaming allowed gamers increased sense of freedom and total control.
However, the reign of the computer wasn't long to be. Video game consoles took over once again thanks to Nintendo's NES and the game with which it came to the market: Super Mario Bros.
Fourth Generation (1989-1996)
Highlight of this generation was the intense competition between Nintendo's SNES and Sega's Sega Mega Drive. Stemming from this rivalry gave birth to this generation's features in terms of tech and gaming experience.
Fifth Generation (1993-2002)
Known as the 3D era, this era refers to the point in time in the history of video games that was available at the close of the 20th century. Highlighted consoles of this time were the Sega Saturn, the Sony PlayStation and the Nintendo 64.
Sixth Generation (1998-2006)
One of the most important generations of the modern gaming age, this is the 128 bit era, which gave birth to famous consoles such as, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox.
Seventh Generation (2004-to date)
The generation of our time, this era started from 2004, with releases of consoles such as Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, and the Microsoft Xbox 360.
Summary: This article highlights the evolution of video games, which began in 1947 and has gone through seven generations of technological advancement, resulting in a very high tech, state of the art gaming experience, available in the market today.