History Of Home Video Game

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History of Home Video Game Consoles The video game industry has gone through some interesting developments over the past fifty years. Video games are as much of a pass time as watching network television, or going to see a movie. The initial motivation for video game production was to bring interested consumers to the computer market and has evolved into many forms and designs to give the end user an artificial experience of playing table tennis with a friend, or an imaginary friend. This paper will cover the history of video game consoles that were released from 1958 until present day. Home Console Timeline Tennis for Two game is the first video ever created. The game was invented in October 1958 by an American physicist by the name…show more content…
In 1966, while working as an engineer for Sanders Associates, Baer “scribbled out a four-page description for the ‘game box’ that would allow people to play action, sports and other games on a television set. (Mullis, 2014) Seven prototypes were developed and the first patent was filed in 1971 making it the first video game patent in history. Magnavox was given the license and they developed the Odyssey in 1972 making it the world’s first home video game. During the same year, Atari was launched by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney and Pong was released, becoming the first video game to reach a mainstream audience. In 1976, Coleco released its first console called Telstar and Fairfield Camera & Instrument released theirs called Channel F. The Telstar console had games programmed into the hardware and newer models would introduce new game titles and hardware features such as a light gun and color. Channel F was the first console that featured individual cartridges that resembled 8-track audio tapes. Atari released their first cartridge based system in 1977 which was first known as the Video Computer System, later called the Atari 2600. In 1978, Midway Games released Space Invaders, the first game that allowed players to track their highs cores using three letters. Mattel released Intelivision which was “the first real competitor of the Atari 2600.” (Kudler, n.d.) Atari developed
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