Gaming Timeline

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Gaming Timeline

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"gaming is the running of specialized applications known as electronic games, especially on machines" ("video game is any of various games that can be played by using an electronic control to move points of light or graphical symbols on the screen of a visual display unit" (Collins Dictionary)"gamer is a person who plays computer games or participates in a role-playing game”(Collins Dictionary)"console is an electronic device used in playing computer games on the screen of a television to which it is connected” (Collins Dictionary)

History of Games

Tennis for Two




... the first known video game. It is the most famous and historical and the only place you could play it, in its 1st release, was in the EDSAC computer in Cambridge University (by Sandy Douglas, British professor).

... a two-player electronic tennis game, “had sepa-rate controllers connected to an analog computer and an oscilloscope screen” and only if you visited the Laboratory you could play this game (by Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, Upton, New York).

Tic-tac-toe (OXO)

Source: ICHEG

Space Wars










... was released by Rockstar on 29 April 2008. During the first day, more than 3.5 million units were sold, and in 4 first months, the company shipped over 10 million copies.

Grand Theft Auto 4

... in this game you fight with one of the game characters and to win the game you must kill him. Also “Mortal Kombat” is famous from quotes, such as “finish him” and “fatality”.

Mortal Kombat

…developed by the Russian mathematician Pajitnov, is a simple puzzle game. The name is derived from the greek prefix “tetra”. It’s a very popular game, even today, with million copies sold.



… the home commercial console, made by Ralph Baer. You could play only 12 games but the most known game was “Ping pong”. After the creation of his console, Baer became famous as “the father of video games”.

. … the most popular game ever! The initial name was “Puck-Man” but the name was changed, because the Japanese feared that the Americans would alter the name of the game into something more offensive.

Pac Man

… a one player game, where a player controls a “rocket ship”. “Computer space” was the first coin-arcade-style game ever and was placed in taverns, bars etc, but it never become famous.

… programmed by a group of MIT students, could run only in one computer of the MIT, called “PDP-1”. Two players try to destroy the opposite spaceship…