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Researcher, Alexander S Douglas came up with world's
first computer based game called "OXO" in 1952; the second game was
William Higinbotham's “Tennis for Two” in 1958. However, Ralph H Baer's
"Brown Box" released during 1960s and Atari's "Pong"
released in 1972 were able to attract lot of attention compared to first two.
This was just the beginning for gaming industry.
Hand held video games and gaming consoles enjoyed lot of popularity till the
arrival of smart phones and tablet PC based games. Those born during 80s and
90s would definitely remember their collection of video game console cassettes.
Let's take a look at two of the world's most popular games which triggered the
sale of video game consoles.
Haunted house is one of those specially designed
games for Atari 2600 video gaming console. This game was released in 1982. It
featured Atari's haunted house, and player appears just like pair of eyes on
Player has to navigate, collect hidden objects and
keys inside this house. You can use arrows and space bar on your keyboard to
control your player inside the mansion.
While searching for objects, the player also has to
save himself/herself from obstructions like evil spirits, bats, black cats,
monsters and other characters. Player can safely get out of this haunted
mansion if he or she finds the right set of keys on time. The original game has
There are several web browser versions of this game,
but the one released in 2010 attracted lot of attention. Haunted house was
re-released by Atari with better graphics for X-Box gaming console. But gamers
still feel that these are some of the lamest graphics. Even the sound effects
in latest version will take you back to 1980s.
The latest version of this game is also available
for iOS and Android devices. But reviews suggest that most of the people enjoy
playing this game on their PC, Laptop or gaming console rather than playing it
on smart phones and tablet PCs.
K-mart’s haunted house is one of the most played
remakes of the original haunted house. You can also play this game on IGN’s
gaming website for free.
Mario tops the list of most sold video games on
earth. Even games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush have not reached the height
of popularity which is still enjoyed by Mario.
Game’s character Mario is an Italian plumber and he
lives in fictional land known as Mushroom Kingdom. In this game, Mario's aim is
to rescue Princess Peach from evil villain known as Bowser.
The original game has eight stages and at the end of
every stage, Mario has to enter the castle and defeat Bowser's men.
Fictional game character, Mario, was created by
Japanese gaming expert Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario's first game, Mario Bros, was released
in 1983, and since then, more than 200 million Mario game cassettes and discs
have been sold around the world. Mario golf series, Mario tennis, and Mario
kart racing also gained lot of popularity among young and old gamers during 80s
Mario's popularity was at its peak during 90s and
people were crazy for Mario merchandise, TV shows, garments, and comics. Even
films were made with this fictional character. Super Mario Bros, released in
1993 is considered to be the most popular Mario movie.
There are many versions of Mario browser game, as
well as Mario for Android and iOS devices. Several game designers have shown
their creativity by making changes in the way this game works. Mario’s Unfair Mario version for browser has attracted lot of attention. This
version is so tough that 95 percent of players never make it to the second
level. There are hidden booby traps almost everywhere in this version.
Gaming consoles will definitely survive longer
Experts suggest that video games are here to stay.
Even today, companies like Microsoft and Sony make millions by selling gaming
consoles. People from around the world still prefer to play games
using gaming devices and web browser. Some experts also suggest that smart
phones and tablet PC based games cannot be compared with games played on gaming
devices and desktop. Because, considerable percentage of users still feel that
touch screens cannot handle the action and force applied on them while playing
games on daily basis.
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