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History of video games

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A history of video gaming.

This book will explore the history of a groundbreaking kind of media: video games.

This book explores major games and their characteristics, as well as the technological and social history that drove their development.

Everyone is welcome to contribute to this book!

Table of Contents[edit]



Platform History[edit]

Standardized platforms[edit]

Extended Reality[edit]

Arcade Gaming[edit]

Video Game Console History[edit]

Specialty Gaming History[edit]

Topics of special interest in gaming history.

Specialty Platforms & Genres[edit]

Gaming Culture History[edit]


The labeling of a console as belonging to a certain generation is somewhat arbitrary, as console generations are partly determined by a mix of technology, release year, and social factors. This book uses labels that appear to have general consensus to reduce confusion.