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History of Video Games - The First Video Game?…

As an avid retro-gamer, I’ve always been particularly interested in the history of video games (and hot chicks… but that’s not my point here… so, what was my point then?… ah, yes…). Even more specifically, a subject that always intrigued me was “Which was the first video game ever created?”… So, as the only man capable of playing Street Fighter with my arms tied on my back and throwing Ryu’s fireball using my armpit and nose (you get the picture?… probably not, you have to see it to understand it…), I started a deep investigation on this subject (and making this post the first one in a series of posts that will cover in detail all video gaming history).

The question was: Which was the first video game ever created?

The answer: Well, as many other things in life, there is no easy answer to that question. It depends on your own definition of the term “video game”. For example: When you talk about “the first video game”, do you mean the first commercial video game, or the first console game, or maybe the first digitally programmed game? Because of that, I made a short list of video games that in one way or another were the pioneers of the video gaming industry. Note that the first video games were not created with the idea of getting any profit from them (there was no Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Atari, or any other around). In fact, the sole idea of a “video game” or an electronic device which only purpose was “playing games and having fun” was impossible to conceive by more than 99% of the population back in those days. But thanks to this small group of innovators who took the first steps into the video gaming revolution, we are able to enjoy many hours of fun and entertainment (not to mention the creation of millions of jobs during the past 4 or 5 decades). Without further ado, here the “first video game nominees”: [...]

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