Video games have become one of society’s favorite pastimes, especially among the young adult demographic: Playing video games has even become a recognized 'sport' in its own right, branded as Esports. The world of gaming has become such a booming industry that it has inspired some of the finest breakthroughs of technology and, arguably, more innovative gaming and storytelling than has ever graced mankind in such a short space of time.
The evolution of gaming has a rich history that started out as research for computer interaction and artificial intelligence testing. Then, the gaming industry reached a popularity boom in the 1970’s with arcade games, which would be the inspiration for what we now know as video game consoles. With Atari’s introduction of Pong in 1972, consumers' enthusiasm showed that there was a strong market for the stimulation and thrill of playing interactive games. Upon their introduction to the public, arcade games became instantly popular. No longer would kids sit at home playing board games, but instead they would spend their time - and pocket money - at the arcade.
Because of gaming’s popularity, computer whizzes and engineers began to brainstorm on how to bring the video game experience into the home. In the mid-to-late seventies, the development of gaming computers began to emerge, but it still wasn't quite enough. As the computer industry began to develop, systems dedicated to video games with their own screens and hard drives became part of the early generation of gaming.
Then in the late 70s and the early 80s, a separate machine- or console - was developed; a computerized box that needed a television or computer to be used as the output, while using game controllers as the input. This newest innovation would stick around and would quickly boom with popularity due to the fact that it was mobile and could be used on several different televisions. It was smaller and adaptable and. Thus, the world was introduced to the gaming console, and the rest is history. An interesting history, indeed, with rapid and extreme innovations year on year. Here is a list of the top ten gaming consoles that have sold in the highest number of units over the course of gaming history. This list, a testament to how far the gaming industry has come, has some familiar brands and a few handheld devices which made gaming mobile long before the age of smart phones and tablets.
10 Nintendo (1983) – 61.91 Million
9 PlayStation Portable (2004) – 80 Million
8 PlayStation 3 (2006) – 80 Million
7 GameBoy Advance (2001) – 81.51 Million
6 Xbox 360 (2005) – 82.9 Million
5 Wii (2006) – 100.9 Million
4 PlayStation (1994) – 102.49 Million
3 GameBoy (1989) – 118.69 Million
2 Nintendo DS (2004) – 153.98 Million
1 PlayStation 2 (2000) – 155 Million
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheRichest?Get Your Free Access Now!