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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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Now THAT brings back memories- what a different era it was!

I still have an Atari Stunt Cycle- and it does work!
nilocatur Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow thats cool!
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
hey! you forgot to put aything in 197, 1973, and 1974
Atariboy2600 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
That because I was more on to home video game units and not any arcade or main frame computers that play games I know there was games like

1800s to 1957 - only pinball games.
1958 - Tennis for two in huge warehouse computers
1962 - only Spacewar for PDP1 computers on MIT
1970 - No home video games at all
1971 - Computer Space (aka Spacewar clone) arcade
1973 - Gotcha; BASIC Computer Games arcade
1974 - Tank, Maze War, Spasim arcade

but again there all from arcade and not at home as of yet. If I try list of every games that came out it will be 10 time as long as what I posted^_^;
ComannderrX Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
i see...
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.
MarkersColored400 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nintendo has been around since 1889.
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?
elfofcourage Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: I never knew that Nintendo had gaming devices in the 70s! I always thought that Nintendo didnt enter the gaming industry until 1981 with the arcade release of Donkey Kong.
vgomega69 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student General Artist
they can not compet with todays technology. LOL
mattoid-26 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist

I loooove video games!!!

I'm quite young ,so I didn't see any of those...I was born in 1979...but in the early eighties,my older brother got an Atari 2600 or something close...and since then,I'm tottaly hooked...well,I didn't play with his Atari very much...I only got to really play for serious in the early 90's with my Nes and then Snes...but,anyway,I'm jolly curious about old gaming game history...

Your work is very very cool!!!

Thank you!!! :thumbsup:

JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Aha... I remember my family's very first gaming system... a cheap Pongesque knock-off that was too low-brow to make the cut here. But in 1980 or so, the first game system I cherished was the first computer we ever got: The Atari 400XL. 16 K RAM and tape drive, indeed! That brings back memories. And that membrane keyboard that was murder on the fingers when we typed up Basic programs! Dad didn't want us spilling a drink on the thing, and ending up with a pricey paperweight, so he got a 400 instead of the 800XL I coveted (256K memory and TWO cartridge slots... sigh, we were so behind! :no: )

Dad was also insistent that our computer was a TOOL, not a toy, and was ticked off at our brother for buying Pac Man with his Christmas money without clearing it with him first.

A little later, he was cursing when he lost his first life to Blinky. :giggle:

I wished we had an Atari VCS like our neighbors, though....
Kid-Kobold Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Ah the memories! My first console was one of those old Atari 2600's my parents bought for us out of the paper in 1983, came with 40 games. I see my first computer as well, the Atari 400 I got almost two years later! That thing had a tape drive and 16k RAM! Those were good times!
EchidnaJoe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
1st Japanese was Nintendo then I see and assume.
LaGohan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
WOW!!!!!! o__________o
pt018 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow. You are a hardcore video gamefan. I Only have consoles from the 80's 90's and 2000's. Even though I've heard of Pong and Mattel's electronic handheld football I never heard of the Oddesy or Super Pong. This is great.

Noah from Total Drama Island would rule at all these video games.
dth1971 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
No Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre introduction in 1977? That was founded by Nolan Bushnell and had a video arcade and animatronic shows!
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