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A Brief History of Video Games


Almost all the top video game franchises have action figures available now, and not just kids toys either but cool, top of the range, highly detailed and articulated figures so you can re-create all your favorite gaming moments.

Some of the most popular figures on the market are based on video games, i.e. Gears of War, Halo, Warcraft, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, and it has become a very big put of the market especially with the advances in gaming technology making the games more and more realistic.

In fact it's hard to believe that it was only in 1971 that the first "true" arcade game, that would lead to the modern day games, was released.

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video games, video game action figures, video game figuresIt is generally accepted that the world's first ever commercially sold coin-operated video game was released in November 1971 by Nutting Associates called "Computer Space".

The games was created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, who later moved on to found Atari, Inc.

Fiberglass cabinets were produced for single player games in the colors blue metalflake, red metalflake, white, and yellow. The two player cabinet was only available in a slightly different green metalflake fiberglass cabinet with a wider control panel.

However the game failed to become popular due to the learning curve required to play it, although it remained popular on University Campuses it wasn't widely accept.

The big breakthrough came about a year later with the release of Atari's first arcade game "Pong" in 1972 followed by a home version in 1975 which was hugely successful and spawned many clones and copy cat versions.

The next big innovation to hit the gaming industry was Taito's "Space Invaders" which became phenomenally successful. It was the success of this game that saw arcade machines become popular in mainstream locations such as shopping malls, sports centres, pubs and restaurants etc.

The game was also often mentioned in the mainstream media and helped to establish the video gaming as a growing mainstream hobby.

Atari quickly picked up the Space Invaders license and went on to quadrupling the sales of its gaming console.

video games, video game action figures, video game figuresIt wasn't until the third generation of consoles hit the market the that the dominance in the video gaming market shifted from America to Japan, with the advent of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega SG-1000.

The new generation of consoles also brought about the transition from single-screen or flip-screen graphics to scrolling graphics, which was a pivotal leap in game design.

Many of the most popular RPG franchises were founded during this period such as Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Metroid, Metal Gear, Castlevania, Megami Tensei, and Ninja Gaiden.

Another huge growth in the market was the children's educational console and in fact it was these consoles that introduced the use of ROM cartridges that would become standard for gaming consoles.

The end of the 3rd generation of video games comes as 8-bit consoles become obsolete in graphics and processing power compared to 16-bit consoles.

Fourth generation consoles first appeared in 1989 with the Mega Drive/Genesis. The new fourth generation consoles also saw the introduction of CD-ROM as add-ons for the PC Engine in 1988 and the Mega Drive in 1991.

The first fifth generation game consoles came on the market in 1993 but it wasn't until 1994 that the Sega Saturn and the PlayStation were released in Japan, although the Playstation quickly became the market leader.

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Nintendo didn't catch up until it released its 64-bit console, the Nintendo 64 in 1996 and its flagship title, Super Mario 64, became a defining title for 3D platformer games.

These fifth generation consoles also many game designers to truly transition from 2D games to full 3D games and 3D became the main focus in this era as well as a slow decline of cartridges in favor of CDs.

The next generation of consoles came with the launch of the Dreamcast in 1998, which was the first console to have a built-in modem for Internet support and online play.

The big event was yet to come though and that was the release of Sony's highly anticipated Playstation 2 that hit the markets on March 4, 2000, in Japan.

In 2001 Microsoft tried breaking into the console market with the much heralded X-Box, but despite Microsoft's leverage and backing the console failed to gain popularity and Microsoft later sold its rights to the Xbox.

The seventh, and current, generation of consoles saw much activity in handheld consoles with both Nintendo, releasing their Nintendo DS, and Sony, with their PlayStation Portable (PSP), released within a month of each other in 2004.

However on the console side true seventh generation machines weren't seen until Microsoft released its Xbox 360 in November 2005 followed by Sony in 2006 with their PlayStation 3.

Nintendo entered the market shortly after the release of the PS3 with their Wii console, which many dismissed as an underpowered curiosity but it became the fastest selling game console in most of the world's gaming markets for almost 18 months!

Many new eighth generation consoles have been coming on the market recently with the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Vita hanheld consoles both being launch in 2011 and Nintendo's Wii U due to be released to gamers in 2012.

If you're look for information on any Video Game Action figures then this database is a comprehensive listing of action figures available and is continuously being updated and added to with all the latest and Vintage Video Game based Action figures.

All listings are in alphabetical order, exluding such words as "A" or "The" that may be at the start of the title, e.g. The Lord of The Rings is listed under "L", A Bridge Too Far under "B" and so on.

But please be patient..

I have a HUGE database of figure listings and information(over 9,000!!), which will take me time to do…

soooooooooo in the meantime if you would like to know about any specific sets not yet listed please contact me


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