History of Video Games (1972-2007)

From Atari's Pong (1972) to Playstation 3's Motor Storm (2007). Below are the games that the video covers.

1972 Pong (Atari, Arcade)
1980 Space Invaders (Atari, Atari 2600)
1980 Defender (Williams, Arcade)
1981 Pac-Man (Namco, Arcade)
1981 Ultima (California Pacific, Apple II)
1981 Frogger (Konami, Atari 2600)
1982 Pitfall (Atari, Atari 2600)
1982 Donkey Kong (Nintendo, NES)
1984 King's Quest (Sierra, PC)
1985 Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, NES)
1985 Duck Hunt (Nintendo, NES)
1986 Bubble Bobble (Taito, Arcade)
1987 Leisure Suit Larry (Sierra, PC)
1987 Final Fantasy (Nintendo, NES)
1987 Afterburner (Sega, Arcade)
1988 Double Dragon (Tradewest, NES)
1988 Battle Chess (Interplay, PC)
1989 Prince of Persia (Broderbund, PC)
1989 Tetris (Nintendo, Nintendo Gameboy)
1989 SimCity (Maxis, PC)
1989 Golden Axe (Sega, Arcade)
1990 Commander Keen (ID Software, PC)
1990 Secret of Monkey Island (LucasArts, PC)
1991 Lemmings (Psygnosis, PC)
1991 Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, Sega Genesis)
1991 Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, SNES)
1992 Wolfenstein 3D (ID Software, PC)
1992 Indiana Jones & the Fate of Atlantis (LucasArts, PC)
1992 Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, SNES)
1992 Street Fighter II (Capcom, SNES)
1992 Mortal Kombat (Midway, Sega Genesis)
1992 Minesweeper (Windows Desktop Game)
1993 Sam & Max Hit the Road (LucasArts, PC)
1993 Doom (ID Software, PC)
1993 Myst (Broderbund, PC)
1993 FIFA Soccer '94 (Electronic Arts, Sega Genesis)
1994 Earthworm Jim (Shiny Entertainment, Sega Genesis)
1994 Need for Speed (Electronic Arts, 3DO)
1995 Command & Conquer (Westwood Studios, PC)
1995 Rayman (Ubisoft, Atari Jaguar)
1995 Virtua Fighter (Sega, Sega Saturn)
1995 Tekken (Namco, Sony Playstation)
1996 Tomb Raider (Eidos Interactive, Sony Playstation)
1996 Quake (ID Software, PC)
1996 Super Mario 64 (Nintendo, Nintendo 64)
2000 The Sims (Maxis, PC)
2001 Halo (Bungie Studios, Xbox)
2001 Grand Theft Auto III (Rockstar Games, Playstation 2)
2004 Rome Total War (Sega, PC)
2005 World of Warcraft (Blizzard, PC)
2006 Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix, Playstation 2)
2006 FIFA Soccer '07 (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360)
2006 Gears of War (Microsoft, Xbox 360)
2006 Wii Sports (Nintendo, Nintendo Wii)
2007 MotorStorm (Sony, Sony Playstation 3)

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boodybandit3898d ago (Edited 3898d ago )

I had the first pong set when I was a kid and played it for hours on end with my family. My parents purchased it from Sears. I remember when Atari started bring out other games and how we were blown away with how awesome they looked. ;-)

Now you look at PS1, N64 and Saturn games and say WOW has the industry come a long way. Just pick up and play an old Atari game and compare it to today. The best thing about gaming when it first started? No fanboy arguments. We were just happy to sit around and play them.

kewlkat0073898d ago

It's been a long road...most of the people on n4g probably were in mamas belly.

M1am1U3898d ago

I started gaming circa 1980. The industry has certainly come a very long way since that time. As much nostalgia as the old games bring, I have to say that I love gaming now more than ever. It's a shame that many of today's gamers didn't have the opportunity to experience the beginning of it all. I'll stop now, I'm making myself feel old. 8)

PhantomMD3898d ago

Yeah! I had sears pong when I was a kid ...I forgot about that thing!
I wonder what our kids games are going to be like... Fully 3D holographic fighters duking it out in our living rooms in Virtua fighter 35?