A Brief History of Video Game Consoles

Atari, Snake, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong. We remember the days of the first and second generation games fondly. From 1972’s PONG to present day xBox One, gaming has become a cultural phenomenon, especially for millennials. The infographic below shows a brief history of video game consoles from 1967 to 2009. Although it’s missing a few of the latest additions, this comprehensive list is a great place to start.

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Video Game Timeline

Unfortunately, not all game consoles make it the long run. Check out this video highlighting some of the worst gaming consoles in history! Can you guess which consoles made the cut before clicking the video?

And finally, there’s the World Video Game Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving, interpreting and educating, and reaching out to communities and programs such as the Museum Access for Children, Foster Family Admissions, Play Therapy Access for Children with Disabilities, a Pediatric Residency Play Observation Program for physicians who work with children, and a Nurse-Family Practitioner Program for nurses who work with new parents. The Hall of Fame had its first inaugural class June 4, 2015. The 6 inductees were:

  • Doom
  • Pac-Man
  • Pong
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetris
  • World of Warcraft

Other nominations include:

  • Angry Birds
  • FIFA International Soccer
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Minecraft
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Pokémon Red and Blue
  • The Sims
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders

Which games would you nominate for next year?