I Remember the First Time: The History of Computer Games
Computer games have been a popular pastime for decades. From the arcade at the local fairground to the latest Xbox, computer games entertain millions of people every year. The history of computer games is a long and eventful one! From simple logic puzzles to elaborate role-playing adventures, they’ve come a long way in a short space of time. We take a look at the history of computer games, from their humble beginnings as puzzle-like amusements in the 19th century to the modern age of online gaming.
The Beginnings of Computer Games
Computer games have been around for decades. It’s just that there weren’t many computers around to play them on! The very first computer game was Tennis for Two, a game designed by William Higinbotham in 1958. It was played on an analog computer that was part of a sound exhibition at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. It was a simple game: a vertical wall shot the ball back and forth. The game was actually an experiment in sound. Higinbotham’s intention was to create “a design that will give all the people, including the kids, a chance to see what a computer can do.” Tennis for Two was the first computer game: a simple, two-dimensional ball-and-wall game that anyone who was interested could play. The first real computer game was developed in 1962. It was called Spacewar! and was one of the first video games. Spacewar! was created by a group of students at MIT, and it was the forerunner of many space combat games and first-person shooting games.
The Rise of the Arcade Game
The computer’s rise in the 1970s meant that arcade games were now possible. The first arcade game was Computer Space, a simple space game created by Nolan Bushnell in 1971. The game was a flop, but Bushnell would go on to create the hugely successful arcade game, Pong. Pong was released in 1972, and it was the first commercially successful video game. It was very simple: the player attempted to hit a ball back and forth with an opponent. The ball was represented by a line that moved up and down, and the player used two bars on either side of the screen to hit the ball back and forth. Pong was very popular, and it became the first video game to earn over $1 million in a single year.
PC Gaming and Consoles
The 1980s saw the rise of personal computer games. A company called Atari was the leading games console at the time. Atari produced a home version of Pong that became a bestseller. However, it was released at a pricey $199, so the company decided to look at releasing a cheaper version. In order to earn a profit, they released the game at $49.99. Atari released it under a cheaper brand name: Atari 2600. It became one of the most popular home gaming consoles of all time. It was the first real gaming console, and it had many games released for it. The games were all built for the computer, and the console simply played them. Consoles remained a popular form of computer game throughout the 1990s and 2000s. New consoles have been released regularly, including the Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo 64, and PlayStation. The rise of internet technology in the 2000s also heralded the rise of online gaming.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Games
The 1990s saw the rise of virtual reality games. Virtual reality, or VR, is a computer technology that completely immerses the gamer in a fantasy world. It can be used to create fantasy worlds, or it can be used to create realistic simulations of real-life situations. Virtual reality became a very popular theme in games in the 1990s. Many games were released that let the player explore the game world from a first-person perspective. Other games allowed the player to explore 3D worlds from a godlike third-person perspective. Augmented reality games are a form of VR. They are games in which computer graphics are overlaid onto real-life scenes. Augmented reality has become very popular in recent years. Many smartphone games use AR technology to create a unique gaming experience.
Multiplayer Online Games
Online gaming has become a major part of the computer game industry. Online games are played over the internet, and they allow gamers to play with people from around the world. They also allow gamers to chat with each other while they play. The first online games were played using Bulletin Board Systems. These were like a primitive internet: a computer server that computer users connected to via telephone. Once connected, they could send messages to other users and see text-based games and other programs. More advanced online games were developed in the 1990s. These games were played over the internet, and the graphics were much more advanced than those seen in Bulletin Board Systems.
21st Century Computer Games
Modern online games are reaching new levels of realism. Virtual reality is becoming more advanced, and augmented reality is becoming more common. These technologies will probably be used extensively in future computer games. The computer game industry is constantly changing and growing. New games are released every year, and they are available on almost every gaming platform. Computer games have become a very popular form of entertainment. They’re played by people of all ages and all walks of life. They’re available on almost every gaming platform, and they come in a range of genres. Computer gaming will probably continue to grow in popularity. New technology will continually be developed and used in new games, and existing technologies will be improved. What’s next? It’s impossible to say, but one thing is certain: computer games will continue to change and grow. New games will be released and old games will be improved. New gaming platforms will be developed and existing ones will be improved. As long as people enjoy gaming and technology continues to advance, computer games will continue to change and grow.