07th Mar2018

The History of Gaming: New infographic charts the game industry’s evolution

by Phil Wheat

In a nod to nostalgia, as 80’s classic The Commodore 64 is set to be re-released on March 29th, game bundle company Fanatical have created an infographic that charts the history of gaming. The gaming industry has an estimated revenue of more than $100bn, it has certainly evolved into a vast and impressive industry. During the eight generations of games consoles, from Atari to Sega, Xbox and PlayStation, they’ve captivated millions of minds and gained legions of fans.

The new infographic shows just how far the evolution of gaming has come, here are just some of the interesting facts:

  • One of the first games consoles created was a happy accident. The MAGNAVOX ODYSSEY originally known as The Brown Box was intended to be used as a training platform for military personnel. This didn’t quite work out, so it was adapted for commercial use.
  • MINECRAFT – Did you know the longstanding favourite was originally called The Cave Game?
  • NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) released in 1985 was the first home console from Nintendo, which introduced Super Mario Bros to our screens.
  • The first ever programmable handheld game system was the NINTENDO GAME BOY.
  • EARLY E-SPORTS – Atari kick started the trend for gaming tournaments way back in 1980, with its Space Invaders Championship that had 10,000 participants.
  • THE GREAT VIDEO GAME CRASH OF ’83: The video game market became oversaturated, knock-off versions of major games were released, creating a downturn in video game sales.

Grant Hughes, Head of Marketing at Fanatical, said:

Video games have a rich history spanning half a century. The infographic is a real hit of nostalgia, looking back over the best of what the industry has created. With the growing emergence of VR, e-sports and streaming services it’s always refreshing to look back at some of the biggest milestones in our industry to remind ourselves, the gaming community, of just how far we’ve come in a relatively short space of time. As gamers in the 21st century we really are spoilt.

A History of Gaming
Provided by Fanatical


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