Gaming, as we know it today, started just a couple of decades ago, but games have been around ever since the dawn of humanity, even at the earliest stages of our development, the human race was using games to “kill some time” and find entertainment in moments of boredom.
Ancient civilizations left traces of all kinds of games that they played in their free time, and the games have evolved over the years, along with the human race.
However, it took a while before we reached the stage where electronic video games were invented, and this happened somewhere around the middle of last century.
This means that gaming is a relatively young activity, but this phenomenon is growing at an astonishing rate, and we can only wait to see what will become of today’s gaming, and how it will all look like in the future.
As we already said, video games started to appear by the middle of last century, and in the 1940s and 50s, computers were powerful enough to offer the most simple ways of gaming.
By today’s standards, those programs could hardly be called games at all, but they were the predecessors of what came later, and those early puzzle games are considered the ancestors of modern video games.
Entertainment was not a priority for the computers of that era, and scientific research and serious operations were the dominant purpose of those enormous machines.
However, by 1960s, things began to change, slowly but surely, and in 1962, Steve Russell from MIT created a game called “Spacewar!”. A few years later, and in 1967 came the first system for home gaming, called the “Brown Box.”
Ralph Baer, a well-known name in the world of software and video games, created this machine, and it can be said that this is the ancestor of modern gaming consoles. Other people quickly saw the potential of this invention, and Nolan Bushnell, also one of the founding fathers of modern gaming, started a company called Atari.
Atari is an important company in the history of gaming since their console called Atari 2600 and games such as “Pong” or “Space Invaders” have left a significant mark on the face of popular culture during the 1970s and 80s.
Arcade gaming also marked the next decade, but the appearance of personal computers, like Macintosh, Apple II or Commodore 64 were also important for the evolution of gaming.
Having a computer at home changed the way we play games, and the 1990s further enabled us to be active gamers from the comfort of our home. Windows 95 and the Internet connected the world in one giant gaming room, and super-advanced consoles, such as Play Station or Xbox are present to this day.
Nintendo and Sega were also highly active in the 1990s and at the start of 2000s, but smartphones and tablets are now threatening to push even the gaming consoles out of the race, and be the only means by which we entertain ourselves and play our favorite video games.