A Brief History of Games

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Video games are now so much a part of our lives than ever before, but have you ever stopped and wondered where did it all start? WWGDB - A Brief History of Games

Jennifer Hale in one of her interviews said, “That's really one of the things I love about video games. It's a whole new world every time you start.” This statement couldn’t be any more appropriate in the world we live in today. Video games are a major part of our lives. Whether you are a 10 year old kid or a 65 year old guy, you have played video games at least once in your lifetime.

People have always been looking for a means to kill stress and spend some quality time in relaxation of mind and body. They found this refuge in games. In this world, you no longer have to be yourself; you can be a Spacewalker or a sniper waiting patiently in a tall tower. Video games are a world in their won, and gamers are the residents in this entertainment world. These games will not only let you spend some quality time with yourself and sometimes your friends and family, but also will help you to relax after a tiring day at the school or the office.

Video games started out as a means of entertainment. They were initially introduced just so that people could spend some quality time. The scenario is a little different today. The world of video games hold a franchise of their own and millions of people rely on video games for their daily bread. This involves not just game developers and employers of game creators, but also gamers themselves. In pro-gaming, teams and individuals compete in various games like League of legends for prize money which can sometimes be as high as 1 million dollars.

But where did it all start?

Jurassic Age of Gaming


A very long time ago, in the 1940s, the first ever video game was created. Edward U Condon developed a computer to play a game called Nim. In this game, the players had to avoid picking up the last matchstick. This game was much like a casino game and the computer won 90% of the time.

Then came the first shooting game in 1947. The players were challenged to fire at different targets. They called it the ‘cathode ray tube amusement device’.
Then the great second war ended and people had a lot more time on their hands. Claude Shannon and Alan Turing came up with the first computer programmed to play chess. This was back in 1950 and thereby this chess game became the Allosaurus of the Jurassic age of gaming. After this a lot of computer scientists and academics started concentrating their time, energy and money on developing some of the first ever video games to be played.

From the 50s to the 60s there were many new inventions and discoveries in this field. In 1952, the first tic-tac-toe game was developed on the EDSAC computer. Two years later, the first ever blackjack program was developed on the IBM-701 machine. Hutspiel, the first military war game was launched the following year. In the years to come until 1960, the chess gaming program was improved, the first ever checkers game was created on a computer.

With the advent of the 60s, gaming became more and more popular. The first every baseball based program was written for a video game this year. Just two years later, MIT student Steve Russell invents Spacewar!, the first ever computer video game. With this, the face of video gaming underwent a major metamorphosis. More and more computer based video games were developed. 1967 experienced the invention of the ‘Brown Box’ which enabled users to play tennis and other games.


Feudal Age of Gaming


The 70s and the 80s mark the Feudal age of video gaming. This was the time when some of the first and most famous video games were launched. More and more people who did not play video games as a recreation joined the club. This age also marked the development of some of the first home gaming consoles. 1972 to 1978 marked the years of development of basic arcade games. The famous game Pong came up during this time. 1978 to 1982 marked the golden age of arcade gaming. Atari 2600 was one of the most affordable and usable gaming consoles used to play arcade games during this era.


Modern History of Gaming


From the late 80s to the new millennia marks the modern history of gaming. Many large gaming companies like Nintendo and Atlas were launched during this time. The second third and fourth generation of gaming consoles came up really quickly one after another in quick succession of years.

With the drop of the millennia, the gaming world was changed completely. Video games controlled 70% of recreation time of the people of the world. There existed not one genre or subject which did not have a game related to it. For Football it was FIFA, for wartime it was Call of Duty, for cricket there was EA Sports very own launches.

It is seen that with time, video games have reached the apex of development and it can be easily said that people today live in the Golden Age of Video Games.

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