video game history, quite fascinating actually

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    History of video games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for a new entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United States, Japan, and Europe. After a disastrous industry collapse in 1983 and a subsequent rebirth two years later, the video game industry has experienced sustained growth for over two decades to become an $22 billion industry, which rivals the motion picture industry as the most profitable entertainment industry in the world.
     
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    I have played a lot of the games mentioned in that article.

    I remember the 8 bit days when nintendo first came out, Zelda & Dragon warrior series were my favorites at that time, as well as teh first metal gear.

    Seems like a long time ago now.
     
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    I had one of those Pong games way back when you most of you weren't even born... You could hit this little square "ball" back and forth like you were playing tennis and you could also play a very simple game with a pair of tanks. That's just about where my video game skills ended.
     
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    Coleco made the tank game, my brother and I had it.

    He would win every time, because he figured out how to curve the shots and I never could. ;)
     
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    Nowdays video games have become part of our life and especially of young childrens since most of them are busy playing it..
     
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    when obama gets his hands on it he will fuck it up so dont worry.
     
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    Gotcha beat I suspect.

    I played (in Fathers-fore on Mass Ave, I think) one of the first commercial bar room pong games. (I think there were about a half dozen in bars in
    Boston and Cambridge)

    That was in the mid70's.

    Those games were, or so I am informed, built in the garages by enterprising MIT students.

    They definitely were not the slick manufactured machines that eventually were ubquitous in every bar in Amrica.

    They were about 4' x 4', the screen faced upwards, and the players sat to either side to play.

    They cost two bits to play and they were, at the time, the most amazing game anyone (remember we only had pin ball games before that time) had ever played.

    Five years later and every bar had four or five diffrent games which were obviously the product of a factory that was putting them together en masse.

    Of that generation of games Asteroids was my favorite.
     
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    'Asteriods'

    I remember those days ed, the era of simple black and white screens that seemed so advanced back then. :)
     
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    If I'd wisely invested the money I pissed away on Asteroids in the 70s and early 80's, I'd be living a more comfortable life today than I am, that's for damned sure.

    I remember actually drinking less beer (can you imagine!!??) just so I could pump quarters into those money traps.
     
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    I had pong! I don't remember the tanks, though. Maybe I just played the ball part. Then my friends got an Atari (the height of gaming greatness), and pong was no longer interesting.

    Anyone here remember Zork? We used to play that on my friend's C64.
     

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