• A video game console is an interactive
entertainment computer system that
produces a video display signal which can be
used with a display device (a television,
monitor, etc.) to display a video game.
• Created by Ralph Baer
• Released May of 1972
• He wanted to make television interactive
• Tennis for Two (Pong)
• Used a printed circuit board (similar to N64
• Jumper Cables were used to connect the
system’s signal to the television
• They did not have color, so Magnavox sold
plastic slips to go over screen and simulate
• More buttons, more in depth games
• Large Battery to Wall Plug in
• On Screen Scoring (Odyssey 200)
• Cartridges to Compact Disks (Playstation)
• Black and White to Color
• Online Game Play (Dreamcast) Later improved by
Xbox with the ethernet cable
• 3 dimensional (N64)
• Faster Running Speed
Who Plays Videogames?
• 65% of American Households Play Computer
or Video Games
• Average Gamer is 35 years old and has been
playing 13 years by that point
• 190 million households are expected to have a
next generation console by 2012
• In 2007 an average of nine games were sold
Effects On Society
• Many people find enjoyment from video
games, but they make some people more
• A very large factor in obesity and lack of social
• It is however a pastime throughout America
and is good for bringing people together.
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