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Video Gaming Timeline 1970s by Atariboy2600 Video Gaming Timeline 1970s by Atariboy2600
For over 30 years I had been collecting old and new video games from 70s till today and I love it every second^_^ But I like to make my self a video gaming timeline posters showing many classic consoles as well as todays high tech systems but before I begin I wanted to start off on a mini bio on how I started on this progect. First off for many of you Gen-X gamers contrary to popreler believe video games did NOT started in Japan or by Nintendo like many famous inventions like Airplanes, Cars and TVs video gaming started in the good old USA many belive now that the VERY FIRST Computer Gaming was made way back in 1958 by Willy Higinbotham designs the very first video game, "Tennis for Two", played on an oscilloscope at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in NY. Then in 1961 Steve Russell designs "Spacewar!" on a PDP-1 mainframe computer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). And then in 1967 Ralph Baer designs the first true video game system called "The Brown Box" played on a television set, "Chase " for Sanders Associates. And in 1971 Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney design the first VIDEO arcade game based on Russell's "Spacewar!", titled "Computer Space". I wanted to get that out of the way so I can post more on the gaming systems from 1970s to 2000s but in making these posters I had to leave out many gaming systems cuase one it would had takin me longer to make as it took me 6 months to just make these by taking making photos on some consoles that I could not fine online and also scan many box art and or manuals to get many name logos for each consoles to give you an idea as to how long it took me to fine and or get all info on the year they are released and images for each units there where like over 150 PONG-TYPE systems released in the US from 1975 till 1983 that just way to many to post all the units so I try pasting just enough to cover many years the home gaming came out and I also put in many systems that also came out in both JAP and UK released systems to cover many die hard gamers out there^_^ As you see the systems you will also notist a small flag on the top right corner of the box it so that you'll know where it was first released in that year some time that system only came out on that contry and no where else like the UK's ZX-Spectrums and so on.

To start of heres a small timeline from the 1970s

Nutting Associates releases the first commercial coin-operated arcade video game, Computer Space. Nolan Bushnell adapted the game from the earlier Spacewar game on the PDP-1 computer.
Magnavox introduces the Odyssey 100 video game system, which attaches to a standard television to display simple moving white blocks. Rotating game dials control game-play. The system was invented by Ralph Baer, and developed since 1966 at Sanders Associates. About 100,000 units are sold for US$100 each.
Atari releases the Pong coin-operated arcade video game system. Nolan Bushnell and Al Alcorn developed the game at Atari, partly based on the Magnavox Odyssey system.
Atari introduces the Breakout arcade video game. 15,000 machines are sold over its lifetime.
Fairchild Camera and Instrument of California introduces the Channel F home video game system, the first system using plug-in cartridges for games. The system features color and sound through a television connection. Price is US$149.95 for the system unit, plus US$19.95 for plug-in cartridges.
Atari introduces the Atari Video Computer System (VCS), later renamed the Atari 2600. The system uses plug-in cartridges, delivers color graphics and sound through a television connection, and uses joysticks or paddles. Price is US$190.
Taito introduces the Space Invaders arcade video game, in Japan. The original name was Space Monsters, created by Toshihiro Nishikado. Over 350,000 machines are sold world-wide over its lifetime.
Atari releases the Asteroids arcade video game system.

Next up the 1980s
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silentsketcher97 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gaming as come a long way, thank you for sharing this.
DanseMacarb Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Thanks for this, brings back memories, I've been sending it onto a few friends who had a few of these as well as me.
Mortskcab Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
The earliest moments of my life were with the Atari 2600. I distinctly remember my father playing it. He bought it in the late 70s. We sold the thing in the mid 90s at our garage sale (along with our NES). The worst decision my family has ever made!
chicoflaco Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
apple II came out in 1977?!
Chibikan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Okay does any remember a video game system that was played through a VCR? I had one as a child and it used VHS tapes with a special controller. I cannot remember for the life of me what it was called because this was 2 decades ago. Seriously, I wasn't even 10 years old yet.
Lugiaboy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Artist
WOW! Nitendo was made back in the 1970s?!? I had no idea.
Crazy-the-Possum Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Nintendo has actually been around since the late 1800's making Playing Cards.
LaronBud Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
15 years befor I was born. Hard to bleave this stuf was top of the line at one time. makes you wonder wats going to come out in the years to come,in 2015 or 2020 even 2050.
VideoGameBoy500 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
i remember the Atari 26000
1maps Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
hey do all these consoles from 1972-2007 or do you just have most of them?
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