If you are a video game fanatic, you should know the history of video games. You should know where your addiction came from and who designed the first-ever video game. Do you know that in the year 1961, the first video game was introduced? During the year 1961, a very talented group of computer programmers led by a brilliant man in the person of Steve “Slug” Russell developed and designed the world’s first-ever video game, “ the Spacewar.” From that moment, almost everything has changed, but the essentials of being an excellent video game are still the same even today.
The Spacewar, as you all know run on a DEC PDP-1 computer, and not all individuals in that year have computers to play that world’s first video game. In the year 1978, another kind of video game that was introduced worldwide is the “Space Invaders.”
The Space Invaders were developed and designed by Toshihiro Nishikado. This was created while he was employed at Taito Corporation, a Japanese company. Even though the Space Invaders was so simple with its very simple graphics, this was a substantial success. Why did it become a success? It is because of its “game play” aspect which is considered as the most essential aspect that must be possessed by any kind of computer game if the designer or developer wants it to be a success. Without the “game play” aspect, that kind of computer game is irrelevant and useless. Until today, most developers still consider the aspect of a good and quality old-fashioned computer game play as their basic foundation on how to design a very fantastic computer video game.
Another interesting fact about Space invaders of Toshihiro Nishikado is that he really planned and wanted to have airplanes and tanks as the offensive or attacking forces. However, at that time, computers were very slow, so instead of using tanks and airplanes, he just used aliens as the attacking force. Moreover, Toshihiro Nishikado wanted to use humans but he realized that it was morally wrong to use humans.
In the 1980’s, the arcade games became so popular in many establishments such as hotels, bars, and pubs. In those times, you needed to spend a lot for you to play. During the start of 1990’s, there was a gradual transition with regards to the industry of video games. The graphics became more interesting. Two-dimensional graphics and three-dimensional graphics were used in offering a much pleasurable play for all fanatic gamers. In this decade, there were new genres that emerged such as survival horror, real-time strategy, MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) and first-person shooter.
The 2000’s was the decade dominated by many companies such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. And because there was a gradual but massive increase in the processing capability of computers, a lot of computer game designers and developers created a more interactive and immersive gaming environment, thus making a more sensible, enjoyable, and pleasurable gaming environment.
Computer video games can definitely provide a high level of entertainment in just a few minutes. The evolution of computer games has dramatically changed since the first introduction of Spacewar by Steve Russell.