Arcade Games History

Topics: Arcade game, Video game, Atari Pages: 7 (1830 words) Published: October 21, 2005
1)Computer Space, Nutting Associates 1971: this was the first ever commercial arcade video game which was released by the Nutting Associates in 1971. This game comprised of a simple design which had a 13" GE television built inside a fibre glass cabinet.

2)Pong, Atari Inc, 1972: This was the first ever commercially successful arcade game. This was built by the same person who built the previous arcade game but this time he formed a new company naming it ATARI. The game was very simple and the users could understand what they have to do very quickly thus the customers enjoyed the game and eventually becoming a big success. The game was made of a ball bouncing silently around the screen as if in a vacuum. The basic theme of the game was to avoid the ball on both sides thus the once every time you miss the ball you score points. Pond became such a hit that Atari had to made almost 38000 of the game. Later it was replaced by improved version of PONG known as the Pong Doubles.

3)Tank Kee Games, /Atari Inc 1974: This was the first arcade game that used the technology of using ROM (Read Only Memory). By using this sort of memory they were able to store graphic data in the chips and thus making the game more realistic. They replaced normal graphics like blocks that was used Pong and Computer Space by outing in more details figures in the game. This was big progressive thus making the game successful.

4)Gunfight, Taito/Midway 1975: This game was developed by the Midway Company in 1975. This game became famous since two players at the same time could play the game and also it used a microprocessor for the first time in an arcade game.

5)Night driver, Atari Inc.1976: This was the first game that was built with a first person perspective. Before this game there were racing game with a bird's eye view of the game. The night theme was chosen to make the game more attractive and also look complicated with its imaging. It was 3d game and for May years a lot of games were developed using the theme from the night driver.

6)Breakout, Atari Inc 1976: This game was developed by Steve Jobs and was helped by a gaming enthusiastic Steve Wozniak. These people are famous as they later formed a partnership to form Apple Computers which was a prototype build by borrowing parts from Atari.

7)Space Invaders, Taito/bally/Midway, 1978: This was a major hit with the customers. This was the first game that appear outside of the arcade and bars and reached out more to entertain people in restaurants and the also the ice cream parlours.

8)Football, Atari Inc 1978: This game immensely popular with the people. This was a true entertaining game and it caught the imagination of the people with its fast action and complex simulation of team sports. The game also introduced for the first time the track ball and the scrolling displays.

9)Asteroids, Atari Inc, 1980: This game was a big success commercially and it establishes arcade games as an entertaining media. This game was more popular with the adult professionals.

10)Warrior, Vectorbeam/Cinematronic, 1979: this game had excellent vector graphics and incredibly beautiful backdrop and internal cabinet and producing more complex mages than the Atari vector graphic hardware. This game was one to one fighting game. But the backdrop of this game was that cinematronics was far less reliable than the Atari game and they are very and warrior is among them.

11)Battle zone, Atari Inc, 1980: This game used the 3D gaming environment. the Us armed force was so impressed by the game that they commissioned Atari to build a new modified version of the game which was used by the army to train soldiers how to drive a tank.

12)Defender, Williams Electronics, 1980: this game was designed by Eugene Jarvis for William Electronics. This came became famous because for the first time this game featured an artificial world in which the player could see the events occurring outside the...
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