Video Games And The Video Game Industry Essay

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Given the strength and diversity of the video game industry today, it is hard to believe that it almost failed completely in the United States. Thankfully, Japan and three of its major entertainment companies, Nintendo, SEGA, and Sony revived it. When it looked as if all hope was lost, Nintendo and SEGA entered the market and rescued the American video game industry. Their innovation and creativity transformed the industry and the impact is still felt today. Sony later entered the market and expanded it from a kid’s obsession to an adult’s hobby. Sony, Nintendo and SEGA sustained the market until American companies felt confindant to enter the market once again.
The modern video game originated in the United States during the 1960s. At the time, the electronics required to play these games were primitive, large and expensive and the games themselves were basic in both visuals and gameplay. These constraints gave rise to the familiar cabinets associated with arcades that gained huge popularity both domestically and abroad through the 1970s.
Video games did not to make their way into people 's homes, successfully, until the mid 1970s when Atari released their home console. Well over a dozen other companies, mostly toy companies, followed suit and the home video game industry took off. This boom lasted until the mid 1980s at which point the American video game industry collapsed and many industry leaders got out of the business. Many feel that market oversaturation and poor…

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