Video Games 1972: Intro
Video Games 1972: The first commercially successful video arcade game, Pong was released. Nolan Bushnell leaves Nutting Associates to move his coin-op engineering and design firm with Ted Dabney in to a full-fledged company. New corporation was named Atari. Magnavox unveils the Odyssey, the first video game home console.
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Video Games 1972: Magnavox Odyssey
It took several years and numerous false starts, but in 1970, Baer showed the game to Magnavox, which signed a licensing agreement the following year. Then, on January 27, 1972, Magnavox launched Baer’s “brown box” technology as the Odyssey video game console—the world’s first home video game system. Priced at $100, the Odyssey utilized simple black-and-white graphics, enhanced by plastic overlays for the television screen. Source
Electro-mechanical games: These early amusement machines differed from their later electronic cousins in that they were made of wood. They lacked plungers or lit-up bonus surfaces on the playing field, and used mechanical instead of electronic scoring-readouts. To be exact, these games are not actually video games!
A year after video games made their debut in arcades, SEGA unveiled the first coin-op cabinet to star the most terrifying aquatic creature, the Killer Shark. While this light gun arcade shooter gained considerable notoriety from its cameo in Steven Spielberg’s classic monster shark movie JAWS, it turned out that Killer Shark was actually not a video game at all, but a mechanical achievement in coin-op animation.
Video Gaming 1972: Haunted House
- First video game home console: Magnavox Odyssey
- First commercially successful video game: Pong by Atari