Monday, 10 November 2008

31 Years Before Wahhhh!!!

Part one - 1950s – 1970s

After looking at a number of sources i have come to the conclusion that the first game was called ‘Tennis for Two’ (although there's information on a game called ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’ that was created in 1952).

Created by William Higinbotham in 31 years before i was born O_O.....‘Tennis for Two’ was programed on an laboratory oscilloscope. Hmm need to search about that machine. Ahhh yus ^_^...... Oscilloscope is a machine that allows you to see signal voltages. This then shows up as waves on its screen. His intentions for doing this was to amuse the visitors who attended open days at his place of work.

Ahhhh.....SpaceWar! ........created in 1962, was invented by Steve Russell. He used a MIT PDP-1 mainframe computer to produce SpaceWar. This was the worlds first fully interactive video game and was also the first game intended for the computer. Its one of the most copied concepts in video game history. The its name says....was war in space.....where the object of the game was to take down the other player and vice versa.

A coin operated arcade version of SpaceWar was created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in 1971, and renamed 'Computer Space'. Although it wasn't that successfully due to its game was still a big step for gaming as it was the first in mass production and commercial sale.

In 1972, Atari was born. The word Atari was a mix of words from a game called 'GO'....... Then in the same year Pong came along.......ooh haha i like that...anyways......Pong, based on table tennis had simple graphics, the ball being a cluster of pixels and rectangles for the bats that were white with a black background. 19,000 Pong machines were sold which created many different imitations of the game to be made.

In 1978, the company 'Tatio' released Space Invaders for arcade which was a big success, making other manufacturers step into the arcade world....thus arcade gaming entered its golden age.

In 1979 Atari released Asteroids.....which was another big seller...enough so that Atari actually stopped work on another game they were going to release to keep up with the demands of Asteroids.

Then in 1979/1980 came titles such as Pac-Man.....WOO!.....which made colour arcades more popular to play....By this time arcade machines were wide spread.

Gaming History Part 1

Hmm.....well from what i can remember my first taste of games was when my mum bought me a saga mega drive one Christmas..... ahha...oh...yus! that means i can remind her every time she tells me to get off my console that in fact....... it was her doing!

Mwahahaha.......anyway back to my gaming history.....I think i was about 5/6 years old and i can remember coming back from school and going straight on Mickey Mania.....Oh yus fun game even to this day haha.....ooh and a game were i used my epic gun to splat things with tomatoes.....loved it ^_^

I then inherited my uncle's game boy.....or just never gave it back ......which let me game on the move......Hmm.....then i guess it just spiraled out of control.

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