Very First Video Games
From the very first video game that was on the market to the video games that we have today, we can see a major difference in the graphics, the goals and targets of the game, the gameplay itself, but they are all made for the same purpose – entertainment.
In the pursuit of entertainment on the recently developed little screen called the Television, many people were working around it and trying go bring in the ultimate device and way that you can control what’s happening on the television. In these tries and pursuits, Nolan Bushnell is a name to remember, as he was one of the fathers to the modern video gaming that we are all enjoying today. This is how it all started.
Computer Space by Nutting Associates
Computer Space was one of the most remarkable video games that came out of the Nutting Associates company. Developed by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney will most definitely bring the Goosebumps on you skin.
The game was all about launching and controlling a rocket missile that fires towards the enemy ships, where you goal is to get more points than your opponent ships by firing straight in them, or in other words, you need to hit the opponents with your missiles for more points.
The game was an adopted and upgraded version from Spacewar, the first ever game to be featured on multiple computers but didn’t quite get where it wanted. This game from 1962 had the similar idea, but very wrong execution, but luckily for them, the idea was brought back and on track by the one and only Nolan Bushnell.
Nolan and The Pong
Shortly after the Computer Space, Nolan and the team that worked in Nutting Associates part ways, and Nolan creates Atari, a producing company which immediately hits the skies with their brand-new Pong game. The game was a huge success and it came out just one year after the Computer Space. In 1972, the once that were able to afford these first computers would experience something that wasn’t seen before and would lift their entertainment to a whole new level.
Nolan Bushnell is considered the father of modern video games, as he was the producer and the brain behind the first two video games with significant interpretation and feedback from the world.
To play the Ping game, you would need to move the cursor on one side of the screen where you need to bounce the ball with the moving square that is your racquet – similar to tennis or ping pong. The game speeds up as you progress and gets new obstacles and new levels with complications all around the screen. The goal is to place the ball behind your opponent’s back.
Both of these games were played with the similar controller – a one grip joystick that looks like the car gear shifter with a button either on top of it or right next to it. It will be replaced by the mouse in near future, but we can still see these controllers being used in the gaming world today.