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Together with the boys or alone, it doesn’t matter, the video game is always the best company for those who love venturing into fantasy worlds or practicing all their tactics and battle strategies. This experience only intensifies as consoles evolve, but the history of video games began quite differently.
The first video games appeared much earlier than many people think and as we explained in the first part of this chronicle, that beginning can seem quite boring compared to the surreal experiences that current technology allows us to have.
In fact, games inspired quite boring situations before providing the fun that current technology offers, but this boring scenario didn’t last long because with the arrival of Atari, the gameplay as we know it today took shape.
History of Video Games: The Transformation of Atari
We know that many consider the launch of the Atari phenomenon to be the official birth of the video game, and while this is not true, the acclaim for the console at the time of its release was such that it can actually be considered the second big date for the gaming world.
Launched in the United States in 1978 and in Brazil in 1983, the Atari 2600 established itself as an economic and cultural icon of the ’80s, but not all success lasts forever, right? Building on this popularity, a Japanese competitor emerged that still leads the market with his empire today.
Nintendo takes the lead
With some of the most famous games in the world, Nintendo’s consolidation took place in a way never seen before. The first sales success was the Famicom console, which, after being renamed NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), released two of the most famous games of all time, Mario and Donkey Kong.
This popularity would not go unnoticed and new competitors have already emerged and present their ideas, so the new “product of the moment” would catch our attention. And that’s exactly what happened.
Still in its infancy, Sega brings ammunition to battle with the world-renowned Master System. Knowing that Nintendo’s 8-bit would be unbeatable even as its console edged closer to the competition, the company decided to think ahead and presented the world with the incredible 16-bit Mega Drive.
A true battle of consoles
Sega and Nintendo enter the battlefield with munitions and technology in a dispute that became known around the world. With the Mega Drive already dominating the minds of young gamers, Nintendo’s Super NES joins the fray with the best graphics of the coming decade.
Despite this technology never before seen in the video game world, Sega kept its fans with a vastly superior number of games, and with those strengths it kept the combat dynamics up there. Not only did Mario and Sonic compete in the boys’ championships, they also faced each other in the economic arena.
Sony and the penultimate generation
After that long period of disputes between the two main names in video games of this decade, a new form emerges that can rock the market to this day. Sony paved the way for a new generation of consoles and won another powerful competitor in the dispute.
Sega launched the Saturn with its powerful 32-bit and even greater variety of games. Nintendo, with its history full of surprises, did not prepare the public and came up with the N64 that could dazzle 64-bit adventure lovers. And on the right foot, Sony launches its Playstation, a milestone to remember.
The console, an automatic favorite of gamers around the world, reached 100 million units sold and presented the market with new ways to think about gameplay characteristics, product design and opportunities for those who want to venture into a new dynamic.
The history of electronic games: present and future
The Playstation ends the penultimate track and at the same time starts the last track of this timeline.
The second edition of the console was launched in 2000 and continued the successful path that Sony followed. From there, accessories such as the DVD format began to evolve and the video game became much more than just a game console.
The latest console generation expresses a good preview of the future and can be summed up in three major releases. Sony defended its position with the Playstation 4, Nintendo brought the interactivity of the Wii U and the “newcomer” Microsoft, who surprised gamers and experts with the Xbox One.
With technology evolving every day, it’s difficult to measure where electronic gaming can go. But we can use the feature that has gained prominence among recent options as a benchmark.
It’s easy to see that everyone is trying to improve the user experience, be it with augmented reality or portable consoles, gaming has changed market habits and created new ways to view this hobby that is gaining more fans every day.
We know this story doesn’t end here, right? And to follow all further steps of this market that we love so much, follow the news on the Brotherss Blog!