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The Top 10 Major Events In Video Game History

Gamefaqs: Lets face it, when it comes to video games, we only care about one thing: the games. They provide entertainment for hours and kill time that could be spent on homework or any other Mundane activity. However, if it wasn't for the major historical events in video game history, then this humble activity would have never been as popular as it is now, and in honer of the past events, I have made this little top ten list of the best and/or most influential events which shaped gaming into what it is and for what it will ever will be. So, sit back and be completely filled with nostalgia. This is the BimmyandJimmy Top Ten Major events in Video Game history.

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Picnic3680d ago (Edited 3680d ago )

Some other things I'd add, that will be of greater or lesser importance to people, as a British gamer are:

1. The release of the Sega Megadrive. There'd been the NES and the Master System before it but many British gamers had not seen the sense in paying £40 for such games when they could either play inventive Spectrum or Commodore 64 games or, later, graphically superior Amiga games for less money (although the Amiga itself was dearer). But the Sega Megadrive was different - it was more affordable than the Amiga and, although it didn't have all the games and all the visual effects that the Amiga had, it also had a lot of games that the Amiga didn't have, and a great partnership with Disney. It was the first truly cool console really and Sonic the Hedgehog epitomised that. Many games made for the Megadrive still look timelessly great. The SNES was the most popular Nintendo console in the UK until the Wii (and Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country are great) but the Megdarive sold more in the UK than the SNES ever did (although the SNES sold more worldwide).

2. Super Mario 64- not only for pioneering fully 3D platform games but for inspiring Rare to complement the N64 with some of the finest examples ever made as well.

3. Launch of the Sega Dreamcast. Regardless of the fact that it 'only' sold about 10 million, the Dreamcast's inventively wacky ideas, blistering arcade graphics and its aesthetic coolness continue to make it easily one of the most popular retro consoles- and it pioneered widespread online gaming and made party gaming, with games like Samba de amigo, popular. These ideas have reverberated down subsequent consoles because, to do anything else, would make them seem like part of the past rather than part of the future that the Dreamcast showed.

4. The rise of the Xbox. No more was gaming just a battle between Japanese heavyweights. Now Sega were out of the hardware race and there was a heavy American console in the corner of the room. Certainly a big step down for aesthetics, and the kind of discourse you get on Xbox Live is hardly a step up for discussion, but underneath this brute of a machine there were people at Microsoft doing a lot to forge alliances, first with Rare. The success of the Wii does seem to show that Nintendo were right that Rare weren't the be all and end all of success for their consoles but, with good graphical capabilities available to them (even if it is just off the shelf PC parts housed in unreliabale machines) Rare have still brought colour and fun to the Xbox360, games that some Wii owners would have loved to have seen. It's probably keeping the price point relatively low that has helped the Xbox360 though, as much as the wide range of games and, coupled with the success of the Wii, it's almost surely resulted in the PS3 taking so long to take off in the GENERAL public consciousness. Rare is one of the studios that has helped them be a proper long term contender rather than continue down the 'hardcore' marketing that they started the original Xbox off with to make them stand out from the more polite Japanese competition.

'while Nintendo released many kid friendly games which you can find at the bottom of any worst games ever made list.'

But the best of Nintendo, very ably supported by Rare, espoecially on the N64, gave some of the most high scoring games ever made.