Making of Video Games
Blue Period in Video Games
in Video Games
Future in Video Games
want some crumpets and tea!" Welcome to our world. Before
we start your tour through time, here is a simple thing. First, all
of things called bits (ie. 16-bit), are really Megabytes of RAM (Random-Acess-Memory).
This is the reason that things took a long time to progress. In 1983,
makers of an 8-bit game such as Super Mario Bros. had little memory to
work with. They had 8 megabytes for sound, graphics, worlds, and
control. Now, developers have up to 68 megabytes to work with now
that Nintendo unvield its expansion pack. Soon people will have 128
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HEY!!!!!! You have entered the history of games. A lot of interesting
things happened here. There were good times and rough times.
Classic games and failures. Remakes that brought no interest.
Just remember, when all else fails, there is always Pong!! First,
it all started out with huge arcade games. They were HUGE!!!
No joke. The first game ran on a computer that was the size of
a small house!! Its name was Spacewar, released in 1961.
In 1966 Sega, short for Services and Games came out
with its first game- THE PERISCOPE. At first I was released
with Pong in our own game in 1972 as a normal arcade game, looking like
a normal arcade game you can find today. In 1974 I became a home
system. Hundreds of thousands of my buddy and I were sold.
It looked kind of like this:
This is a sample of how Pong looked like. Two
paddles on either side would knock a tiny ball at each other, trying to
force each other to miss. It was simple but hugely popular.
Newer, more advanced versions are still made today. In fact, by going
to the Links page, you can play some versions online
up on the west side!!!" Other companies began making home systems,
all trying to advance on Pongs landmark achievements. Nothing really
took off. In 1976 Exidy games made Deathrace where cars won by running
over the most stick figures. By then the country was beginning to
revolt on video game violence. Soon, the video game industry made
a major advancement with the first major console game in which you could
play different games simultaneously. It was the Atari 2600(In time,
Atari introduced the 5200, 7800, and 400, 800, and 1200 home computers).
This was very popular for 9 years (from 1977 to
around 1983) until the gaming industry completely crashes. Big games
like best-seller Asteroids, PAC Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger are nearly
forgotten. Before that though, Battlezone was released which in time
was enhanced by the government for military training. In 1981, the
first and only fatality ever recorded because of a video game was where
a man died because of a heart attack while playing a game called Berserk.
In 1982, Ms. Pac-Man was released. It is still a favorite of people.
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MAKING A COMEBACK
Many thought video games were a fad and their theory
was almost proved until the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) came out
in 1986. It was launched with landmark game Super Mario Bros.
In many versions, Duck Hunt came out. This was totally revolutionary
because of the gun that came with it. Fire at the screen and if you
have good aim, the duck will crash down to the ground.
At this time, Sega Master was released. It
was not nearly as popular as the NES. In 1987 came the Legend of
Zelda, the game which started a series that has been insanely popular and
has had different games in the saga in multiple consoles of Nintendo's.
In 1988, the biggest selling puzzle game, Tetris, was released. It
was and instant success. In 1989, Nintendo released the Game Boy,
a small handheld system to play most black-and-white games. (also
made in the Game Boy series was the Game Boy Pocket, Super Game Boy, and
new Game Boy Color). In 1990, the third and final Mario game for
the NES was released, Super Mario 3. It is the biggest selling game
of all time.
In 1991, the Super Nintendo (SNES) was released
at the same time as the Sega Genesis. Super Mario World and Sonic
the Hedgehog battle it out for king of the 16 bit system. The public
leaned toward Mario as the main character in the world of 16 bit games.
Other games for the Sega included Echo the Dolphin, Super Monaco GP, and
other games in the Sonic Series. The SNES included games like Super
Mario all-stars, Donkey Kong Country, and more games in the Zelda series.
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"I AM GOING TO PARIS AFTER THIS!!"
THE BLUE PERIOD IN VIDEO GAMES
As time passed, more games systems came out, most of
them mediocre. These included the Sega CD, which had a bad experience
with slow loading times and choppy graphics. Nintendo was planning
to make a CD system compatible with the Phillips CD-i. Sony, upset
over this, finished its last SNES games and then scrapped the PlayStation
for Nintendo to make a new 32 bit system.
Before this new system came out the 3DO introduced
the newest 32 bit technology in 1993. It was supposedly impossible
to dethrone as the king of technology but ended up failing. The same
time Atari released the Jaguar the first 64 bit system with graphics equal
to that of the Genesis. Lame games from small companies caused the
end of the system almost before the beginning. Also going on was
the investigation from senators Joseph Liberman and Herbert Kohl, believing
that video game violence was on the rise and that some should not be sold
to kids. They believed that blood and gore was instigating violent
acts by children, trying to be their favorite character.
In 1994 the 32X and Super Game Boy were released
from Sega and Nintendo. The 32X was attached to the Genesis and had
games that had 32 bit graphics displayed with much better display, speed
and other things. The Super Game Boy was attached to the SNES so
that the Game Boy games could be played in full color with better graphics.
The 32X had no impact and the Super Game Boy was, though better, had a
small effect on the gaming world.
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NOW IN VIDEO GAMES
1994 also had the launchings of Sega Saturn and Sony
Playstation in Japan. These two were 32
+bit consoles that ran on CD-roms. It was a revolutionary time
for video games, though sales were very low compared to those of earlier
years. 1995 brought these two systems over to the US and Nintendo
released the Virtual Boy, a thing to keep people from getting impatient
over the delays of "Project Reality," renamed Ultra 64. It had terrible
sales, and production stopped almost before it started. During this
time, the Jaguar just kept slipping. Sega, with numerous additions
to old systems, decided to kill the Neptune something to connect the Genesis
to the Saturn.
A screen shot of the Playstation game
A screen shot of Capcom's MEGA
RESIDENT EVIL, a game from Capcom
MAN LEGENDS a continuation of a
which has become one of the most popular
popular series that started on the NES,
game of the times. (with permission)
now on the playstation. (with permission)
Super Mario 64 was shown to the public, and though
people were amazed, they thought not enough games were going to be made.
The next year prices were dropped for the Playstation and Saturn, and new
improved games just kept coming. Nintendo sold its billionth cartridge,
and 16 bit games were dumped from store shelves. Games such as the
Tekken series do well, and some highly anticipated games bombed.
The Nintendo 64 is released and in a period of three months, 1.7 people
bought this console. Mario 64 is a total hit, but sales drop dramatically
because there are not nearly enough games made. Sony stays on top.
In 1997 Sony and Nintendo again drop prices, and
Saturn becomes desperate and gives away its best selling games with the
purchase of a console.
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THE FUTURE IN VIDEO GAMES
Games continue to be made with more technology, advanced
accessories, and experiences more realistic than your life. Games
like Zelda 64, with the standard setting high quality graphics, will be
like Pong is now in a few years, a trend setter that eventually will be
some of the worst graphics compared to that of the 128 bit Sega Dreamcast,
and the new 128 bit system from Playstation, not yet released, are expected
to set the standards for video games. These are going to be expensive,
yet with internet access to play with friends, the sound won't be matched
and will have some of the most advanced computer technology. But,
whatever you do, always remember me -- PONG!!!
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