1950 Invented in 1950's as an academic training tool
1962 Spacewar was the first ever all purpose-built computer game
1972 The popularity of arcade gaming explodes thanks to Atari's game called Pong. The Magnavox Odyssey releases the first dedicated home games console
1977 One of the first at-home consoles is released, the Atari 2600. Worldwide unit sales reach 27 Million.
1978 Space Invaders hit arcades, with 60,000 machines popping up all over the US
1979 Atari's most successful game, Astroids, is released
1980's Pac-Man and Mario Brothers were the top games for children. Pac-Man ends up selling 350,000 arcade units. Donkey Kong and Mario sells 60,000 arcade units
1982 The Commodor 64 (with thousands of floppy disk games and 12.5 Million units sold) allows PC gaming to being rising to glory with its programmable home computer. The arcade gaming industry reaches $12 Billion in total revenue
1985 While the Sega Genesis boasts advanced technology, Nintendo focuses on publishing quality games. By the Mid-90's Nintendo takes the lead with the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). 62 Million units of NES were sold.
1988 PC games start becoming more advanced and take off wiht John Madden's Football
1989 With Gameboy, Nintendo reignites the handheld game market with a mere 2.6" gray screen and and addictive game called Tetris. Sega releases Sonic the Hedgehog.
1993 A cultural phenomenon is born in DOOM, in the form of the first person shooter. Mortal Kombat, one of the first two-player fighting games, comes out in arcades.
1994 Newcomer Sony enters and immediately dominates the console market with its real-time 3D graphics, pushing Nintendo and Sega to the side. The first Warcraft game is released on PC.
1995 Sony gets in on the gaming industry, releasing the PlayStation with world wide sales of 104 Million
1995 Nintendo releases their worst selling console the Virtual Boy, this attempt at in-home "virtual reality" sold only 770,000 units, one of the worst sales figures in video gaming history.
1996 Nintendo 64 is realeased with a total of 33 Million units sold
1997 A pioneer in mobile gaming before smartphones even existed: Snake is pre-installed on over 400 Million Nokia phones, captivating players worldwide.
1998 More than just another PC shooter, Half-Life becomes a commercial and critical success thanks to its clever gameplay and unrivaled storytelling
1998 The Sega DreamCast was ahead of its time with the internet-enabled console. In the end, it couldn't compete with Sony's market stronghold and bowed out of the console wars
1999 Konami's Dance Dance Revolution, an interactive game, gets arcade gamers moving
2000 The best-selling console of all time, at around 150 Million units sold, the Playstation 2 easily overlapped the sales of rivals, Xbox and GameCube
2001 Xbox and GameCube released. The next generation Gameboy, Gameboy Advance is released with 81 Million units sold
2003 Valve introduces Steam, a digital distribution platform for PC gamers where players can download and play tons of titles
2004 The Nintendo DS supersedes the long running GameBoy line, boasting a touch screen, microphone and built-in Wifi. Sony's PSP offering fails to captivate players
2005 Microsoft continues to better their platform, releasing the Xbox 360. This is the first console featuring high-definition graphics. This technology eventually loses out to Blu-ray. The 360 sold 85 Million units
2006 Wii parties are all the rage as Nintendo targest the family and social gaming market with fun, motion detection based games like Wii Sports. Elsewhere, Sony releases the PS3 to compete with Microsoft's Xbox 360
2007 The iPhone is literally a game changer - Apple opens the App Store in 2008, providing a new platfrom for developers. Now, mobile gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry. Rock Band is released complete with microphone, drum, and guitar controllers.
2008 Now the most popular MMO to date, World of Warcraft is released, redefining the social aspect of gaming.
2009 Currently the most played game in the world, League of Legends made $1.6 Billion in micro transactions in 2015 alone - a shining example within the free-to-play MMO gaming category.
2010 The very addictive game Minecraft is released for PC and later for console.
2011 Nintendo launches the Nintendo 3DS, a not-as-popular but still innovative handheld. The unit has currently sold 53 Million units.
2012 The successor to the Wii, the Wii U, is released to the lowest number of worldwide sales for any major console since the turn of the century 14 Million units
2013 Microsoft release the Xbox One, with current worldwide sales at 31 Million.
2015 Video games reach $61 Billion in sales
2017 Fortnite is released with over 125 Million people playing the game. Nintendo Switch is released
2018 Best selling games: Far Cry 5, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, and Dragon Ball