Join us as we explore the dawn of the video gaming era through our top 5 best games of the first generation of consoles and find out how it all began.
Before we get to the games where every bit and pixel mattered, let’s put aside our super-powerful virtual reality-capable gadgets for a moment and take a trip back in time.
In an era when TVs were big and game consoles weren’t very smart, but they were extremely fun. It was a time when every new game felt like exploring uncharted territory, and “saving progress” just meant pausing to snack on a peanut butter sandwich.
As we journey through the world of the first generation of consoles, we invite you to forget about gigahertz and terabytes and instead embrace the simplicity and sheer fun of the games that shaped digital entertainment. Take your inner child (or geek) by the hand and let’s remember together where this endless world of games began.
Top 5 Best Games of the First Generation of Consoles
1. Pong (1972)
In the beginning there was Pong. These simple battles of white rectangles were like medieval tournaments, only without horses and spears, but with electricity and televisions. Pong made you forget about everything in the world, plunging you into epic duels for a primitive white ball. This was not just tennis, it was a battle for pride, where every hit of the racket could bring glory or shame. Who would have thought that a moving square could cause so much excitement?
Breakout had us spending hours on end destroying walls, dreaming of breaking through to freedom – or at least a new record. This game was like modern art: it seems like there is just a pile of bricks in front of you, but if you look closely, you see a real battle between good and evil. Each level tested our determination and perseverance, and success in Breakout made us a little happier and prouder.
Computer Space (1971)
The first-born of arcade gaming machines, Computer Space, not only opened up the world of space battles, but also became the first commercial video game. Created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney (who later founded Atari), the game put players in control of a spaceship fighting flying saucers. For those times it was a real miracle of technology, although today it seems extremely primitive to many. But every time we complain about the complexity of modern games, remember that it all started with one ship and a couple of UFOs on a black screen.
Spacewar! – this is the very game without which it is impossible to imagine the history of video games. Developed at MIT on the PDP-1 minicomputer, it allowed two players to control spaceships to destroy their opponents while dodging a star in the center of the screen. Spacewar! became the prototype for many future space simulators and proved that computers could not only be tools for work, but also powerful tools for entertainment.
Blockade is the ancestor of all the snake games that we love so much on modern gadgets. Developed by Gremlin Industries, the game was a competition game in which players controlled lines moving across the screen. The goal of the game is to force your opponent to crash into your line while avoiding colliding with his line. Blockade’s simple yet addicting concept laid the foundation for an entire genre of games.
Conclusion: Games that taught us to dream
After going through the list of legendary titles of the first generation of consoles, we remembered the beginning of the great journey of video games and realized that the true value of these games is not in their graphics or complexity. It’s in the way they made us dream, laugh and, of course, sometimes scream in disappointment when we didn’t make it to the next level.
These games were our first teachers of strategy, patience, speed of reaction and, most importantly, the ability to find joy in the simplest things. They showed that to be a hero you don’t necessarily need a sword or magical powers – sometimes just the ability to move a joystick quickly is enough.
Oddly enough, remembering these games, we not only think fondly of the past, but also look to the future with admiration. After all, if the first generation of consoles was able to give us so much joy and inspiration, just imagine what miracles await us ahead!
So while we turn off our first-generation gaming stations and return to reality with its 4K resolution and cloud computing, let’s not forget the simple pleasures that these pixelated adventures brought us. Because sometimes, to truly appreciate where we are going, we need to remember where we started. And who knows, perhaps in many years we will remember modern FPS and RPG games with the same nostalgic trepidation as we now remember those that were created more than half a century ago.
An avid gamer and owner of geek-blog.net, I immerse myself in the world of geek culture, from gaming to comics. Creator of the YouTube channel GameDigger, where I reveal the history of games and create exciting tops.