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.
- 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