Top 10 Video Game Firsts

How much you know about the history of gaming has a lot more to do with how long you have been gaming than anything else -- not that we are saying that being a younger gamer is a bad thing mind you... In fact being a gamer at all is a good thing -- young or old -- but being a gamer with a sense of gaming history? Well that's rather elite innit?

With that in mind we thought now was a good time to help you expand your gaming horizon by sharing with you this first in our new gaming history-themed articles: The Top 10 Video Game Firsts. We've separated each listing onto it's own page so you can have a go at guessing the answer you think will be the particular first for each one. Good luck - If you can get six correct out of these ten without cheating we reckon you've done a pretty good job!

10. First Home Video Game Console

If you are a fan of gaming history you probably think you know the answer to this one -- Pong, right? Bzzzt! Wrong!

The first video game console for home use was not Pong -- though we will admit that Pong was the first successful game system (not really a console though since it only played one game) -- it was not the first game console as that honor goes to Magnavox's Odyssey.

The Odyssey, released commercially in August of 1972 (three full years BEFORE the Pong system was released), was not only the first home video game console, it was the first digital home video game console -- though due to the fact that TV's of its era used analogue video, its video circuits were analogue.

While the Odyssey connected to the TV, it was actually battery-powered and lacked sound but the important difference between it and the Pong system that would come later was its use of jumper-based circuit boards (an early form of cartridge game selection but rather than containing the game code the boards contained the jumper configuration to generate the game on the console).

The game encoding system used a total of 12 cartridges, which collectively included 26 games including every major ball-based sport as well as Hockey and Shooting games. Among its most popular titles were Roulette and Submarine Hunt.

With so wide a range of games then, you are probably wondering why it never caught on? The answer is an odd one - because Magnavox called the game console the “Magnavox Odyssey” consumers somehow got the idea that you had to own a Magnavox TV in order to use it!

Whats the first Hand Held Video Game Console? Find out on the next page...

Posted: 24th Jan 2014 by CMBF