How Video Games Have Evolved Since 1962

For those who love the GTA franchise it probably doesn’t seem all that long ago that you picked up a copy of GTA San Andreas and became engrossed in a virtual world that later paved the way for better, even more immersive sandbox games. At the time it probably seemed amazing and the graphics were nothing less than impressive and rightly so when you consider at that point how far games had already come.

Fast forward to 2017 and now you look back at that very game and get the same sense awe in the games that are coming out today, but it’s not until you see them compared side-by-side that you get a true perspective on how video games have evolved which is what makes this video dating back to 1962 with the game Spacewar right up to the present so fascinating.

Games listed:

1962: Spacewar
1972: Pong
1973: Space Race
1974: Tv Basketball
1975: Gun Fight
1976: Death Race
1977: Canyon Bomber
1978: Space Invaders
1979: Speed Freak
1980: Pacman
1981: Donkey Kong
1982: Pole Position
1983: Tapper
1984: Duck Hunt
1985: Super Mario Bros.
1986: The Legend of Zelda
1987: Street Fighter
1988: Galaxy Force 2
1989: Prince of Persia
1990: Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion
1991: Sonic The Hedgehog
1992: Mortal Combat
1993: Doom
1994: Tekken
1995: Time Crisis
1996: Quake
1997: Gran Turismo
1997: Grand Theft Auto
1998: Half Life
1999: Unreal Tournament
2000: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
2001: Max Payne
2002: Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
2003: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
2004: Half-Life 2
2005: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
2006: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
2007: Halo 3
2008: Left 4 Dead
2009: Batman: Arkham Asylum
2010: Bioshock 2
2011: Skyrim
2012: Far Cry 3
2013: Tomb Raider
2014: Grand Theft Auto V (Next Gen Release)
2015: Star Wars Battlefront
2016: Battlefield 1

2017: Horizon Zero Dawn

via Ultralinx

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