Monday, 31 October 2011

A Brief History Of Time.....For Games : Part 2

The 1980s and 1990s brought some amazing advancements in games and technology, and it also saw the home entertainment consoles explode into our homes.

The 1980s and 1990s brought along some major titles from many genres. Gone was the arcade style games, in with action adventure, role playing, beat 'em up, platformers, racing, real time strategy, simulation and many many more genres.

Arguably the most prominent title from the 1980s was Pac-Man (released 1980), not only did it bring addictive game play, it also popularised the first video game character which anybody will recognise. Many inspiring games originated from the 1980s. Major titles like The Legend of Zelda , Dragon warrior (which is now more known by the title Dragon Quest), Metroid, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy and Street Fighter are just some of the titles which are still alive today and are still getting sequels (Final Fantasy has gone the step further and had 15 sequels, along with many spin-offs).

The 1980s had many consoles to the decade as well games. The commodore 64 was released in 1982, one of the most popular gaming computers in the USA, it gained its popularity as it was marketed and priced aggressively. This was followed very closely by the ZX Spectrum, which gained mass popularity in Europe.

The third generation of consoles released in the 1980s was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Sega Master System. Both are 8 bit machines. Even though the Sega Master System technically had the advantage over the NES, it failed to outdo the NES's market share in Japan and America. The release of both these consoles saw the change of the old style joysticks, paddles and keypads to the recognisable game pad.

The 1990s was a greatly innovative decade in terms of technology. Graphics made a move from raster to 3D. It was also the decade we saw the rise of FPS, real time strategy and MMO's. We also start to see some more familiar game series starting in the 90's. Such as SimCity, Silent Hill, Command and Conquer, Starcraft and Resident Evil, Quake and Ago of Empire, just to name a few.

The major consoles we saw this decade was a range of 16,32 and 64 bit, these were the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) SNK Neo-Geo, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Ninntendo 64 and the massively popular Sony Playstation.

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