The first dedicated video game consoles were invented in the 1960s, and because they utilized 1960s computer technology, they were quite bulky and extremely primitive, especially compared to modern gaming systems. These consoles are mostly forgotten, none of them having made much of a splash at the time, but they still lay the groundwork for what has emerged as one of the most profitable sectors of the entertainment industry today.
It was not until the 1970s that the video game industry had its first major hit with Atari’s Pong, which helped popularize video games and generate interest in their potential. The years that followed saw not only the release of the first successful home gaming system, the Atari 2600, but the first handheld systems as well.
In the mid 1980s, Nintendo released their NES system which, despite the continuous growth of the industry over the years, remains on the list of the top 10 selling video game consoles at around 60 million units sold.
Due to the fact that the technology was at a very early stage, games of this era were quite simple, but this would not last long. The 1990s saw the introduction of 3D graphics into video games, which have only become more and more realistic as the technology develops. Online gaming has also become a major draw for video games, allowing players to interact and compete with other players all around the world.
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