Video Games 1977

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Video Games 1977: Intro

Video Games 1977: Cinematronics releases Larry Rosenthal’s Space Wars, the first vector graphics arcade game. Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling, the future founders of Infocom, developed the first version of Zork.

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Video Games 1977: Hardware

Atari released their first second-generation video games console, Video Computer System (later known as the VCS or Atari 2600) with nine launch titles. RCA Corporation released the Studio II video game console. Bally released their first home console named Bally Home Library Computer (Astrocade) through mail order retailer. Delays in production of the system, however, mean that none of the units will actually ship until the following year. Apple Computer released the Apple II. Tandy released the TRS-80 Model I. Commodore releases the Commodore PET. Source

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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo. It was released in 1990 in Japan and South Korea, 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe and Australasia (Oceania), and 1993 in South America.

More releases in 1977

Coleco releases a number of new models of the Telstar console: the Telstar Alpha, the Telstar Colormatic, the Telstar Regent, the Telstar Ranger, the Telstar Galaxy, and the Telstar Combat. Most of these systems feature only minor variations on the original Telstar model, such as new controller types (for example, the Ranger featured a light gun, while the Galaxy included joysticks). Nintendo releases the Color TV Game 6 dedicated console, featuring six variations of Light Tennis (a Pong clone). Nintendo’s partner, Mitsubishi, produces most of the system’s hardware components.

First video game crash

Thanks to the success of Atari’s Pong home console, many other electronics and toy manufactures wanted to capitalize on the growing trend of video games and attempted to make their own clones of the Pong system. But because of over abundance of crappy pong ports and a lack of new, original, and fun games, video games industry had it’s first setback – The Video Game Crash of 1977. More advanced pong consoles didn’t save the industry. In fact, it was Space Invaders (released in 1978), that restored the trust.

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Gaming innovations

  • First vector graphics arcade game: Space Wars by Cinematronics
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The Nintendo Entertainment System is an 8-bit home video game console that was developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was initially released in Japan as the Family Computer on July 15, 1983, and was later released in New York City in 1985, and throughout the U.S as well as in Europe and Australia during 1986 and 1987.

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