Essay The history of video games

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In the beginning……..
The first real “video game” was made in 1958, by a physicist named William Higginbotham. It is a table tennis like game and is played on an oscilloscope, a device used for visual displays. While some big name games, company’s, and events have yet to happen, this is what sparked the video game interest. These paragraphs will guide you through the many years of games. Lets‘a go!!

Early years (1961—1972)
Things start off when the first interactive computer game---- SpaceWars (made in 1961) ---- is visited by the eventual founders of Atari--------- Nolan Bushnell & Ted Dabney------ attempt to make an arcade version of the game in 1970. In 1971 they succeed, but the public finds it too hard to play. In 1972, a console
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It was superior in graphics, but was considerably more expensive ($299). This is just the first of many companies Atari will have to compete with. Let’s see how long Atari will last.
Hits and misses, plus a crash. (1981- 1984)
To start off, we go 1981, the beginning of the first video game magazine, Electronic games, made by Arnie Katz and Bill Kunkle. 1982 introduces the Atari 5200. The next year is much more eventful. It starts off with a video game market crash, and several companies go bankrupt. However, there is good news--- and its name is Nintendo. The Japanese company is not willing to release the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in America because Atari rules a large part of the market. Instead, they decide to offer Atari the rights to release the product in the U.S. The plans fall through and we do not see Nintendo until 1985.

Consoles galore!!! (1985-89)
If the title didn’t give it away, there will be a lot of new devices to play on, plus a now –game-only company that made a lot of consoles before it went game-only will be introduced. So back on the timeline……….. We start off at 1985 where a Russian programmer named Alex Pajitnov makes the popular game, Tetris. As said above, the NES is released. If you want to play some of its games now, try this link:
Now, on to ’86. In order to rival the NES, Sega (now stuck with making games) releases the Sega Master System

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