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Encyclopedia > Timeline of video arcade game history

This article contains a timeline of notable events in the history of video arcade gaming:

History of…
Video games
Video game consoles

First generation (1972–1977)
Second generation (1976–1984)
Video game crash of 1983
Third generation (1983–1992)
Fourth generation (1987–1996)
Fifth generation (1993–2002)
Sixth generation (1998–2006)
Seventh generation (2004–)
Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for an important entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United States, Japan, and Europe. ... Game console redirects here. ... The first generation of video game consoles lasted from 1972 until 1977. ... The second generation of video game consoles lasted from 1976 until 1984. ... E.T. for the Atari 2600 is considered by many to be emblematic of the crash along with the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man. ... In the history of video games, the 8-bit era was the third generation of video game consoles, but the first after the video game crash of 1983 and considered by some to be the first modern era of console gaming. ... In the history of video games, the 16-bit era was the fourth generation of video game consoles. ... In the history of computer and video games, the 32-bit / 64-bit /3D era was the fifth generation of video game consoles. ... The sixth-generation era (sometimes referred to as the 128-bit era; see Number of bits below) refers to the computer and video games, video game consoles, and video game handhelds available at the turn of the 21st century. ... In the history of computer and video games, the seventh generation began on November 21, 2004 with the North American release of the Nintendo DS, followed by the PlayStation Portable on December 12, 2004. ...

Arcade games

Golden Age of Arcade Games

Contents

1971 - 1979

1971
1972
  • Atari Inc. launches Pong, the first commercially successful video game.
1975
1976
1978
1979

The Galaxy Game is the earliest known coin-operated video game. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Computer Space is a video arcade game released in November, 1971 by Nutting Associates. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... Nutting Associates was the company that created Computer Space (1971), the first coin operated arcade game. ... This article is about the corporate brand. ... For other uses, see Pong (disambiguation). ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... Gun Fight was an arcade game released by Midway in 1975. ... A microprocessor incorporates most or all of the functions of a central processing unit (CPU) on a single integrated circuit (IC). ... The Taito Corporation (タイトー株式会社, taitou kabushikigaisha) TYO: 9646 is a Japanese developer of video game software and arcade hardware. ... Night Driver is a 1976 arcade game by Atari. ... Many board games can be said to be racing games, such as Snakes and Ladders, Cribbage, or Formula Dé. (see race game) There are also toys made for racing, like slot cars and radio controlled cars. ... The Taito Corporation (タイトー株式会社, taitou kabushikigaisha) TYO: 9646 is a Japanese developer of video game software and arcade hardware. ... Space Invaders ) is an arcade video game designed by Tomohiro Nishikado in 1978. ... The Golden Age of Arcade Games was a peak era of arcade game popularity and innovation, lasting from January 18, 1982 to January 5, 1986. ... Galaxian is a 1979 fixed shooter arcade game by Namco. ...

1980

  • Namco releases Pac-Man, which is its biggest-selling game of all time. It also released King and Balloon, which is the first game to feature synthesized voices.
  • DECO releases DECO Cassette System, the first standardized arcade platform, for which many games were made.

Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... King and Balloon is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1980. ... Data East (データイースト dēta īsuto) was a Japanese video game company, also known as DECO (Data East Corporation, データイースト株式会社 dēta īsuto kabushikigaisha). ... The System Startup Screen The DECO cassette system was introduced in 1980 by Data East and was the first standardised arcade system that allowed arcade owners to change games. ...

1981

For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... Donkey Kong ) is an arcade game that was released by Nintendo in 1981. ... A simple platform sequence from the game Wonder Boy Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms or over obstacles. ... Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and the official mascot of Nintendo. ...

1982

Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ... This article is about the video game company. ... In computer graphics, a sprite (also known by other names; see Synonyms below) is a two-dimensional/three-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ... This article is about process of creating 3D computer graphics. ... Moon Patrol is a classic arcade game by Irem that was first released in 1982. ... Irem (アイレム) is a Japanese video game console developer and publisher and formerly a developer and manufacturer of arcade games as well. ... Williams is a long-standing electronic gaming and amusement company based in Chicago, Illinois. ... This article may be too technical for most readers to understand. ... This article is about Namco, a Japanese leisure company and game developer. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

1983

  • I, Robot, the first commercially produced 3D-polygonal game is released.
  • Dragon's Lair, The first video game to use video in a game instead of computer generated graphics

I, Robot is an arcade game that was programmed by Dave Theurer for production by Atari, released in 1983. ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... In 1983, the release of the frontiers album brought Steve Perry and Journey to the forefront of 1980s rock music. ... Dragons Lair was one of the first laserdisc video games, released in June 1983 by Cinematronics. ...

1984

  • 16-bit processors are used in arcade machines for the first time, resulting in much more detailed and faster graphics:
    Marble Madness and Paperboy are released by Atari Games.
  • Namco releases Pac-Land, which was the first side-scrolling platform game.

Marble Madness is an arcade game by Atari Games released in 1984 by Czech programmer Mark Cerny. ... Paperboy is a 1984 arcade game by Atari Games. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, and originally part of Atari Inc. ... This article is about Namco, a Japanese leisure company and game developer. ... Pac-Land is an entry in the Pac-Man series of arcade video games, released into arcades by Namco, and its American distributor Bally Midway, in 1984. ...

1985

Gauntlet is a 1985 arcade game by Atari Games. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, and originally part of Atari Inc. ... The Gradius series, first introduced in 1985, is a series of scrolling shooter video games published by Konami for a variety of portable, console and arcade platforms, and has since its inception become synonymous with the phrase Shoot the core! []. In many games in the series the player controls a... Konami Corporation ) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines and video games. ... Space Harrier is a forward scrolling shooter game, released by Sega in 1985. ... This article is about the video game company. ... The Nintendo Vs. ... This article is about the Super Mario Brothers video game for the NES. For other uses, see Super Mario Bros. ... “NES” redirects here. ...

1986

Out Run (also spelled OutRun and Outrun) is a 1986 racing game designed by Yu Suzuki and Sega-AM2 for the video arcade market. ...

1987

This article is about Namco, a Japanese leisure company and game developer. ... Yokai Douchuuki is an arcade game that was released by Namco in 1987. ...

1988

  • NARC, by Williams is released and is the first game to feature blood and gore.
  • Reikai Doushi, by Home Data is released, the first digitized fighting game and the first claymation fighting game.#
  • Namco releases Assault, which was the first game to make use of sprite scaling and massive sprite rotation. It also released Splatterhouse, which was the first game to get a parental advisory disclaimer.

The first actual smash bros. game was created by a teen named Michael Kowlessar in a boy's dormitory M.I.T. Tagline: Dont Do Drugs NARC is a 1988 arcade game designed by Eugene Jarvis for Williams Electronics. ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... This article is about Namco, a Japanese leisure company and game developer. ... Splatterhouse (スプラッターハウス Supurattāhausu) is a beat em up arcade game, released by Namco in 1988. ...


1989

  • Exterminator, the first game with fully digitized graphics, is released. It will have the highest quality digitized graphics until the release of Mortal Kombat II.

Mortal Kombat II (also referred to as MKII or Mortal Kombat 2) is an arcade game and the second title in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. ...

1991 - 1999

1991
1992
1993
  • Mortal Kombat II is released, featuring high quality digitized graphics, and the most advanced sound system in arcades at the time, the DCS sound system which allowed for MP3 style compression to all sounds.
  • Sega releases Virtua Fighter, the first 3D fighting game.
  • Sega releases Daytona USA,the most successful arcade game to date.
1994
  • Killer Instinct is released, the first arcade game with a hard disk, up to that point the game with the highest quality graphics pre-rendered by a rendering program, featuring to this day the highest quality use of the movie background technique.
1998
  • Konami releases Dance Dance Revolution, an arcade game with four arrow pads that the players used to "dance." This game would create many sequels and spin-offs.
1999
  • Rush 2049 is released, the last arcade game to bear the Atari Games logo. Atari Games in Milpitas is renamed Midway Games West, and closes its coin-op product development division.
For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... Street Fighter II ) is a 1991 competitive fighting game by Capcom. ... Mortal Kombat was the first entry in the famous Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway, released in arcades in 1992. ... Sub-Zero performing a Head Rip fatality in Mortal Kombat 1 In the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games, a Fatality is a special finishing move that can be used against ones opponent at the end of the final match. ... Mortal Kombat II (also referred to as MKII or Mortal Kombat 2) is an arcade game and the second title in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. ... DCS may refer to: In America: DCS, Dirty Colon Syndrome In European politics: Danish Council of State, the Privy Council of Denmark Dutch Council of State, a constitutionally established advisory body to the government of the Netherlands which consists of members of the royal family and Crown-appointed members generally... For other uses, see MP3 (disambiguation). ... This article is about the video game company. ... Virtua Fighter is a 1993 fighting game developed by the Sega studio AM2, headed by Yu Suzuki. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Daytona USA was a racing arcade game released by Sega in 1994. ... For the FOX television series, see Killer Instinct (TV series) For the reference to the human behaviour, see Killer Instinct (human behaviour). ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... This article is about the Dance Dance Revolution series. ... San Francisco Rush 2049 (also known as Rush 2049 and Rush 3) is the third racing game in the San Francisco Rush trilogy. ...

 
 

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