Best Blu-ray Deals

Black Friday Deals Week is Live »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
How to Train Your Dragon 2 3D (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1 (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Person of Interest: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
$22.99
Downton Abbey: Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Blu-ray)
$39.99
24: Live Another Day (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Rush (Blu-ray)
$7.99
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4 (Blu-ray)
$31.99
Big Trouble in Little China (Blu-ray)
$3.99
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Blu-ray)
$13.00
Homeland: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
$22.99
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Blu-ray)
$13.49
The World's End (Blu-ray)
$7.99
Guardians of the Galaxy 3D (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Fast & Furious 6 (Blu-ray)
$9.99
Despicable Me 2 3D (Blu-ray)
$16.99
Savages (Blu-ray)
$3.99

Go Back   Blu-ray Forum > Gaming > Gaming General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-22-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
Deadset Deadset is offline
Man in the Box
 
Deadset's Avatar
 
Jan 2007
28
625
45
14
34
Default From Pong to PS3 - Video Games through the years

gamehist.jpg


Quote:
Game consoles— like today’s Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and PlayStation 3—have come a long way from their humble beginnings, when a white dot bounced back and forth somewhat forlornly across an oscilloscope screen. Today’s video and computer games include graphically impressive first-person shooters such as Crysis 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Others, like Dance Central on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 with Kinect, apply real-time motion-capture technology to turn the player’s body into the controller.
 [Check out a slideshow of video games and consoles over the years.]

To explore the game industry’s dramatic history, The Institute enlisted the help of the IEEE History Center, IGN.com, and other online resources. The story is filled with flops as well as breakthroughs. Somehow, the game industry always bounces back and continues to grow.


EARLY PIONEERS

The first video game can be traced to 1948, when Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann were issued a U.S. patent for a “cathode* ray tube amusement device.” A machine with a knob (for aiming) and button (for shooting) was used to fire at airplane targets. Because of equipment costs, among other factors, the game was never manufactured; only a few handmade prototypes were passed around.


Ten years later, physicist William Higinbotham developed Tennis for Two, a game that added an analog computer to an oscilloscope. The opposing players each had a box equipped with a knob that controlled an on-screen paddle for angling where a ball was to go, and a button for hitting the ball.


In 1961, a group of MIT students wrote a program for their DEC PDP-1** computer, called Spacewar! It was for two players whose squadrons of opposing spacecraft fired missiles at each other. If yours was the last craft firing, you won. The game, eventually distributed as a premium with new DEC computers, was simple and fun to play.

Full Article Here.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2011, 08:48 PM   #2
Moviefan2k4 Moviefan2k4 is offline
Blu-ray Ninja
 
Moviefan2k4's Avatar
 
Mar 2010
Dallas, TX
235
2
Default

Nice read; I'm glad they mentioned "Brown Box" creator Ralph Baer.
"The cost of a thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it." ~Henry David Thoreau~

"Getting to Know Moviefan2k4" Thread
  Reply With Quote
Reply
Go Back   Blu-ray Forum > Gaming > Gaming General Discussion


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:53 AM.