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The Rise of Video Games: The History of Video Game Consoles

Video games are now more immersive and realistic than ever before. It’s never been easier to play games. Whether you want to take on a new challenge or enjoy a game with friends and family, there is the perfect gaming experience for you. The consoles these days are so powerful that it’s hard to remember what they were like when they first came out.


The Early Days of Video Games


While the earliest home video game consoles were initially developed as multimedia devices to play games and record television programming, the first console that was actually designed specifically to play video games was the ColecoVision. This video game console was developed in 1974 and introduced in 1975. This console was discontinued in 1984, but its legacy lives on today as the most widely-known, affordable, and powerful video game system ever made, the Nintendo Entertainment System. Home computers are another popular type of video game console, and it was the Famicom that was actually the first video game console to be successfully marketed as a home computer, even though the Commodore VIC-20 would follow close behind.

The Evolution of Video Game Consoles


Teenage Girl Wearing Headset Gaming At Home Using Dual Computer Screens


As the video gaming market evolved, the number of consoles that were designed to play the most popular games increased. 1. The Sega Mega Drive/Genesis (1985) Sega Mega Drive was one of the earliest consoles ever produced. It was developed by Sega from 1990 to 1992, and was Sega’s first major console release. The console featured revolutionary, graphical style games and featured an iconic yellow and black color scheme. It did not, however, quite live up to Sega’s expectations. The system struggled with huge shortages, and only sold two million units worldwide, and Sega abandoned the project due to lack of interest. 2. Nintendo Entertainment System (1988) The first home console for the American company Nintendo is popularly known as NES.


The Future of Video Games


With the unprecedented amount of time spent on gaming, there is a danger that video games will soon take over our lives and the world we live in. But how long before the norm is that we are glued to a screen for 12 hours per day, watching as our real-life peers experience other worlds? According to Eurogamer, the future of gaming may see the development of true virtual reality headsets. The headset would work by the player adopting an avatar that looks exactly like them, and is in the state of the mind they wish to be. “Virtual reality” would no longer be limited to the internet; it would be a new dimension for anyone to try. It would be able to be accessed through a normal set of glasses, but also by Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus.



As video games continue to change and evolve, the pace at which they do so will also continue to accelerate at a far faster rate than those which came before. Looking back on video games that were both successful and influential, it is a wonder that gaming has even survived as a video game industry. The video game console is what makes the market of gaming, the video game industry. Without this central hub of gaming, we may not have the countless video game that we have today. So that’s our version of The History of Video Game Consoles. We don’t know everything, we’re just the guys who keep you informed.

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