Everything has a beginning
The prototype of what would be the first video game console in history and one of the most important inventions of the 20th century in terms of entertainment, was known by the code name of "Brown Box". Developed by the engineer Ralph H. Baer, this half German and half American engineer, worked for six years with this prototype to be able to adapt the video games invented during the past decade to a television. Ralph H. Baer He is the author of other great inventions, such as the first light gun and the famous Simon board game.
In January 1972, Magnavox, the subsidiary of Philips in the US, began mass production of the Magnavox Oddysey, presenting himself to the world during the month of April. At the end of May, the first video game console in the history of video games went on sale at a price of $ 100. The pack included six games, chips, dice and a notebook, as if it were a board game.
Magnavox Oddysey started the first generation of consoles (we are going through the seventh way of the eighth) with an ingenious machine, but at the same time incredibly simple when compared to current machines. Magnavox Oddysey it was built with a circuit board made up of transistors, capacitors, and resistors. It was so extremely simple that the machine was not capable of storing data such as player scores and it lacked sound. Their games were primitive but highly addictive, thus creating a true social phenomenon.
Almost all its components were analog and their game cartridges lacked internal components, they were simple cards that caused connections (jumpers) in the different pins of the slot where they were inserted, moving as an analog signal to the television.
Magnavox Oddysey It was the starting point and the source of inspiration for everything that would follow; Atari, Nintendo, Intellivision, Colecovisión, SEGA… to the present day.
It is impressive when we take a look at these last 40 years, we recap and we are aware of the evolution that the world of video games has undergone. Some have lived it from the beginning, true veterans and others have been joining us at some point in these 40 years of history. We all share the same passion and it is very exciting to remember that moment in which we fell in love with this world, that personal starting point that we all have and that continues until today, when the game console turns forty years old and we find ourselves reading these lines while you remember all those machines of different shapes, sizes and colors that have passed through your hands.
Surely there are still people who do not find meaning in this effort, this evolution and all this passion. People who, when reading this article, may think “Well, one more geek of video gamesits "another addict with no social life " but not. Video games are one of my passions, but I don't make the mistake of locking myself away or focusing my life solely on them. If he did so, if he did not know how to enjoy other things, they would cease to be something so special. At least for me.
People enjoy a good book, a good movie, a play ... video game lovers, in addition to enjoying all these things, we are also lucky to enjoy and know how to value a good video game.
They have taught me, they have instilled in me and they have educated me to know how to appreciate certain good things. I am not perfect, but I am able to recognize and value some forms of art, even those that are not recognized as such, and video games is one of them. I do not see it as mere entertainment, as I may have defined it in the past. As time goes by and you get older, you see it as a truly enriching activity, as long as you know how to enjoy it and value it. It is not an idea as simple as "playing the slot machine," the little martians "or" la play. " It is a special way to relax, get excited, meet, experiment and dream.
A good video game can make you laugh, have fun, excite you, and they can even teach you. They allow us to meet fantastic stories and unforgettable characters, but in addition to all this, some have been able to improve my English, they have helped me to combat the daily routine, to disconnect from problems (not avoid them) and have given me unique moments thanks to those memorable games with friends. It is also true and fair to say that at times they diverted my attention from studies and other obligations, but later on they also helped me to combat and not fall deeply into other more harmful vices or habits. As I said, I am not perfect but I like video games. I am proud to be a player and very fortunate to experience everything I have seen and played so far (which has not been little). Finding people who share this same passion, who know how to enjoy it in a healthy way, with all that it can offer, is something very rewarding. To all of you, I dedicate these lines. My thanks to Ralph H. Baer and a very special thanks to the person who makes this page possible.