Thursday, 6 November 2008

A history of Computer games 1980 – 1990.

Within those ten years the computer games industry was like one hell of a rollercoaster ride.
At the beginning of the 1980s a lot of computer games were just clones of previous ones, but the low publishing costs aloud for the creation of many bold and unique games.

The ‘Golden Age’ of computer games reached full steam in the early 80s, with many genre defining games. ‘Defender’ was the first scrolling shooter, and it also was the first to have aspects of the game outside to players view such a radar view. ‘Battlezone was the first to use wire vector graphics to create the first 3D game world. It wasn’t the best but it was a start.

In 1983 there was ‘The Crash’ of the computer games industry and this brought an end to second gen gaming. It is said that the crash was caused by poorly designed games such as E.T. which is perfectly understandable because what a pile or rubbish it was. Other games such as Pac-Man were also partly to blame, excuse me but Pac-Man, how on this planet can u blame Pac-Man, it is a legend. But anyway everything got up and running again in 1984.

Then in 1985 it happened, like the big bang of the gaming industry. The NES was invented with Super Mario Bros, instantly becoming a god amongst the gaming world. They were followed closely by the Sega Master System, along with the gamepad, finally. This is where it really kick off, the major release of the time were: (1986) Dragon Quest, (1987) Legend of Zelda , Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Series (oh my god what creations, they all go down in book of gamin legends), (1989) Sweet home (this was the start of the survival Horror genre)

These were significant changes from what the industry had been only 6 years before, but there was still more to come in the 90s.

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