NATIONAL VIDEO GAMES DAY
National Video Games Day is observed annually on September 12th.
Video game players across the United States enjoy this day with much enthusiasm. From their very earliest days, video games been a blend of art form and industry.
On July 25, 1983, Walter Day and the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard out of Ottumwa, Iowa founded the United States National Video Game Team. Their early games used interactive electronic devices with various display formats. Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann filed the first patent for an interactive electronic device in 1947. It was called the “Cathode ray tube amusement Device.”
Some other early examples include:
- The Nimrod computer at the Festival of Britain (1951)
- 0X0 – a tic-tac-toe computer game by Alexander S. Douglas for the EDSAC (1952)
- Tennis For Two – An electronic interactive game engineered by William Higinbotham (1958)
- Spacewar (1961)
Each game used a different means of display. Some used a panel of lights or graphical display. Yet others featured an oscilloscope or the DEC PDP-1 vector display.
- Computer Space, created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, in 1971, was the first commercially sold, coin-operated video game.
- Magnavox Odyssey was the first home console in 1972.
- Atari’s Pong followed with an arcade version in 1972 and a home version in 1975.
“The commercial success of Pong led numerous other companies to develop Pong clones and their own systems, spawning the video game industry.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVideoGamesDay
Make sure you have plenty of snacks and your favorite games. Get your friends together for a marathon session! Friends, new games, retro games, munchies and beverages, and you’re ready to go. Use #NationalVideoGamesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL VIDEO GAMES DAY HISTORY
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