Video Games 1974

Video Games 1974: Intro

Video Games 1974: Taito released Basketball, an early example of sprite graphics and the first video game ever with human figures. The game was licensed by Midway for the North American market, making it also the first Japanese game licensed for the North American release.

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Other Video Games 1974

Atari released the first car racing video game to video arcades, called Gran Trak 10. In the end of the year, Taito released Tomohiro Nishikado’s Speed Race, the second car racing video game. But it was the first to introduce scrolling sprite graphics with collision detection and it uses a racing wheel controller. However, Midway released it as Wheels and Racer in the United States.

Steve Colley, Howard Palmer, and Greg Johnson developed Maze War on the Imlac PDS-1 at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. It is recognized as an ancestor of the first-person shooter genre. Jim Bowery developed Spasim for the PLATO system, another ancestor of the first-person shooter genre. Gary Whisenhunt and Ray Wood developed dnd, the first game with a boss and arguably the first role-playing video game, for the PLATO system. Source

Play Meter, the first magazine devoted to coin-operated amusements (including arcade games), publishes its first issue.

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.

Gaming innovations

  • First video game ever with human figures: Basketball
  • Basketball was the first Japanese game licensed for the North American release
  • First car racing video game on arcades: Gran Trak 10
  • Scrolling sprite graphics and collision detection: Speed Race
  • First game with a boss: dnd
  • First RPG (role-playing) video game: dnd
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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The Sega Genesis, known as the Mega Drive in regions outside of North America, is a 16-bit home video game console developed and sold by Sega. The Genesis was Sega’s third console and the successor to the Master System. Sega released the console as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988, followed by North America as the Genesis in 1989.

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