Sixty-five percent of people in the U.S. play video games. And a quarter of them are teens, but how much do you really know about your favorite consoles, games and characters? Well, take your knowledge of gaming history to the next level and make Mario proud.
Here’s a fun fact before you do: Did you know that Mario and his brother Luigi star in the most successful video game series? Yep, those fireball-throwing plumbers have sold over 225 million copies.
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From Pong to Pac Man, get the scoop on what’s what in video game history.
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The very first video game was:
In 1958, a physicist trying to make his lab a little more interesting devised what some consider the very first video game system. William Higinbotham created a game he called Tennis for Two. Displayed on a tiny 5-inch screen, players tried to hit a ball over a net using boxes with dials and buttons.
The first video game joystick was built for:
In 1962, students at MIT came up with the world’s first fully interactive video game, called Spacewar! Consisting of two spaceships firing missiles at each other against a backdrop of stars — the game quickly became one of the most-copied concepts in video game history. The first joysticks were developed for this game.
What was the first commercial video game system designed to be played at home on a television monitor?
The first home video game system sold commercially was developed by engineer Ralph Baer in 1967, and marketed to the public in 1972 by Magnavox. The rudimentary system came with colored Mylar overlays to change the color of the playing field on the TV screen. The Odyssey sold 100,000 units its first year.
The name of the company that developed Pong is:
Pong, the first runaway hit in the history of video games, was the product of Atari, a company started by Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell had developed Computer Space, the first arcade video game. Pong, a simple tennis game requiring players to knock a ball back and forth between two paddles, was supposed to be a simple prototype. It was wildly successful, spawning numerous knockoffs and ushering in the age of the video game as an industry.
What is the most popular arcade game of all time?
Pac-Man, which was first introduced to the U.S. in 1980, sold more 100,000-arcade units in the U.S. and more than 300,000 units worldwide. A simple game in which a yellow disk gobbled up dots in a maze and avoided monsters, it was the first video game to be popular with both males and females alone. Before video games were introduced, pinball machines were the dominant game in arcades.
What is the most popular gaming system ever sold?
Nintendos Game Boy is the most successful game system ever sold, with more than 100 million units sold worldwide. The handheld portable game system was first introduced in 1988.
What is the top-selling genre in console games?
According to the Entertainment Software Association, the top-selling genre for console games is action, which annually commands more than a quarter of all games sold. Sports games are the second-most popular, with 19.5 percent, followed by racing games (16.6 percent), and educational/entertainment games at 7.6 percent.
The ESRB is responsible for rating video games. "MA" stands for:
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rates games in five categories: Early Childhood (EC), Everyone (E), Teen (T), Adults Only (AO) and Mature (M).
What was the first arcade game?
Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney created Computer Space in 1971.
There was no Mario, no Sonic, no Pokemon, and no Legend of Zelda! Why?
i got 100% it was really easy because i game alot and i play old games and stations
I don’t pay attention to the old games, I got 4 out of 10!
I got two out of out of nine.
For the next “big thing” you should do something on the upcoming virtual reality. I would recommend discussing about the ps vr, oculus, and the samsung gear, you could discuss about how they could be beneficial to people who play sports. Maybe some hardware specs here and there.
I love Pokémon, but literally where was it in the video?
WERE ARE THE POKEMON!?
i got 8 out of 10
I am horrible at this. I do, however, love Zelda. She is my favorite video game character ever!!!!! Comment if u agree!!!!
I Looooooooove pokemon.
I always knew I was an expert
I got a 10/10 on the quiz.
9/9 did you know the PS2 was the most sold console ever
Actually no it’s GameBoys
I thought that the ps4 was the most sold.
They should do the Fallout music.
this well really test your skills
WHERE’S POKEMON! WHERE IS IT!
I got 9/9. It was a little hard but it brought back some good memories back in the old days. My favorite video game was Mrs. Pac-Man but it is now Pokemon.
This was kinda stupid
Yes, it was I only got three right. Oh well I’m not a geek.
It wasn’t that bad but yea those were hard.