I thought that this was a pretty cool infographic about the history and evolution of video games, as tweeted out by James Rolfe, the AVGN himself.
For starters, I never would’ve guessed that there were almost 50 consoles released in the ’60s and ’70s before the console that changed my life came out in 1985!!! I mean, I knew about the Atari and whatnot, but I never had one myself, and boy, were there sure a whole slew of others, too…
I was also pretty impressed to see the NES hold its own as the #1 console sold until the first Playstation came out. Since then, pretty much every other next gen. console has surpassed it – presumably because gaming has gotten a lot more mainstream than it was in the first couple of decades … though for what it’s worth, that little 8-bit wonder still holds the #6 spot of all time!
It’d be interesting to see a similar breakdown for the bestselling games themselves of all time, though it would probably get a little tricky because nowadays a lot of games are available on all platforms instead of just being Nintendo or Sega like they were back in the day.
Quite the legacy, that’s for sure!
And holy cow – I hadn’t really cared to look before, but the new PS4 and XBoxOne are set to have 8 core processors and 8 GB of RAM?! That’s one behemoth of a gaming system … or two! 😯