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What Is A Video Game and Who is Bushnell?

If you love playing video games and before we dive in, you may want to know who Nolan Kay Bushnell is today! As the inventor of Pong, Nolan Bushnell is considered by many to be the “father of electronic gaming.”He is one of the most influential figures in the gaming industry. Bushnell was inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame. He is definitely one of the most recognised founding fathers of the video game industry. He is on the board of Anti-Aging Games. In 2012, he founded an educational software company called Brainrush, that is using video game technology in educational software.

So how was the first ever Video Game like?

The first video game prototypes in the 1950s and 1960s were simple extensions of electronic games using video-like output from large room-size computers. The first consumer video game was the arcade video game Computer Space in 1971. In 1972 came the iconic hit arcade game Pong, and the first home console, the Magnavox Odyssey. The industry grew quickly during the golden age of arcade video games from the late 1970s to early 1980s, but suffered from the crash of the North American video game market in 1983 due to loss of publishing control and saturation of the market.

However you may want to know that the best-selling video game of all time to date is Minecraft, a sandbox game released by Mojang in May 2009 for a wide range of PC, mobile and console platforms, selling more than 238 million copies across all platforms. Grand Theft Auto V and EA’s Tetris are the only other known video games to have sold over 100 million copies. The best-selling game on a single platform is Wii Sports, with nearly 83 million sales for the Wii console.

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