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Video Game History

The First Generation

Video games have developed a lot over the past 30 years. This article is here to serve as a brief summary about the history and development of video games. From Pong to Xbox 360 video games have definitely made progress over the years.

The first generation of video games started with the launch of the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.
The Magnavox used a combination of analog inputs and digital processing to produce a simple game of pong. But, it wasn't until the release of the Pong video consol in 1975 that home entertainment systems gained widespread popularity. The Pong Home Entertainment System was first released before Christmas of 1975 and retailed for $100. The sucess of the Pong system gave birth to the clone Coleco Telstar, which released in 1976 at a price of $100.

Magnavox Oddysey Pong Coleco Telstar

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This page was created by Patrick Inglot for Project 1 for CS 101