The evolution of gaming


The first game to ever grace planet earth was wrestling. Although it is not conventionally a game in today's age, it all started that way 15300 years ago. In the 6th century AD, chess came into being.


Chess had a very significant role to play in today's era of strategic gaming. It was the first game that required the cognitive reasonability of our minds to come into play. Over the course of the next 1500 years, Man got smarter and sharper.


It was 1958. A few years prior, the computer was born. Global contributions towards digitalization were ramping up day on day. In October 1958, physicist-turned-electronics technician, William Higginbotham developed the first-ever video game, Tennis for two. Incubated in the Brookhaven National Laboratory, it ran on a 5-inch oscilloscope with an

aluminum controller.


Not made with the purpose of commercial use, William developed it to 'lighten up the mood' in his lab. Ironically, this game is what kicked off the multi-billion dollar gaming industry that is so prevalent today.


Throughout the 60s and 70s, game developers started trying to make games more accessible and portable. This meant that PCs and other hardware devices were about to peak in the market.


Despite great efforts in this direction during the 70s, the nearest game developers came to touching the idea of portability and easy accessibility for online gaming was in the late 90s.

However, in 1972 the first gaming console was developed. It was the first of its kind to be accessible through a TV set. It was called Magnavox Odyssey.


Let us take a moment to really characterize the genres of gaming that existed years ago and today.

First-person shooters

Games that were mostly created to heighten competitive spirit. To this day they have pulled in the greatest wedge of revenue for the gaming industry. Ever since the first game was released, it has only been a flowery path for First-person shooters. History specialists concur that the main genuine endeavor at a first-individual shooter came in 1973 with Maze War. Steve Colley was the principal credited designer, and in the game numerous clients could stroll through a 3-D labyrinth one "tile" at once, shooting different players (spoke to as eyeballs) without hesitation. It was cumbersome, yet not at all like it had ever been attempted.


Role-Playing Games

The first-ever role-playing game was none other than Dungeons and Dragons. A tabletop masterpiece that boasted endlessly possibilities with it's seven multi-sided dices and in-depth career analyses. Dungeons and Dragons still remains a fan favorite and has garnered quite a fan following over the years.


Arcade

Although now this exists as a fleeting memory in the minds of millennials, there was a time when people of all age groups used to flock to arcade areas and centers to catch up on their daily or weekly dose of Pac-man and the likes of such iconic games.


Multiplayer Online Battle Arena(MOBA)


A majority of gamers and enthusiasts are under the false assumption that this is a rather embryonic genre. However, this can be traced back to 1989 when Sega Genesis launched its classic- Herzog Zwei.

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to categories. In reality, there are close to 50 categorizations in the gaming sphere. For convenience sake, I have just mentioned the critical ones.


As I have mentioned earlier, a rather large chunk of time over the past five decades has been poured into making online gaming completely accessible to the population. From a strict user point of view, I'd say they have emerged with flying colors.


These efforts have come to fruition in the form of mobile phones. Not only ordinary phones, we now have mobiles with specifications comparable to most PCs which in the 80s and 90s was unimaginable.


Mobile Gaming has been the sole revolutionary of digital gaming. This aspect has pulled in users from all walks of life. So much so that there are now global tournaments specifically targeted for the mobile demographic.


All in all, gaming has come a long long way. With this article, I have barely scratched the surface of the sinkhole being brewed ahead of us. In the coming weeks, I will hopefully acquaint myself more with this topic and take you on this expedition with me. This is my first series on this blog. Hopefully, it works out!



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