The retro gaming era has been around for decades now, and there are still some things that you might not know about it!
There is a lot of nostalgia in the world of video games, which may be because people want to escape from their everyday lives.
Video games provide an outlet for fun, and they also allow players to connect with others around the globe.
In this retro gaming blog we will explore 10 facts about retro gaming that you didn’t know!
Fact 01: “Pong” was the first game to be created by a computer. It is also one of the earliest games that paved the way for digital gaming.
Fact 02: The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) had an adapter that could be plugged into two TVs so people could play video games in front of siblings, friends, or significant other(s).
Fact 03: In 1996, Doug Kaufman released his own system called Virtual Boy which was able to display red images on a square LCD screen.
However it only sold around 770 thousand units and was ultimately discontinued after less than three years due to its poor quality graphics and high price point ($180-$200 USD at launch time). This was the first foray into virtual reality gaming.
Fact 04: Japan’s most popular series of video games is called Pokémon, which started with “Pokémon Red” and “Pokémon Blue.”
The game was introduced in North America on September 28th 1998 as “Pokémon Yellow,” a special edition for Game Boy Color that came out two years after its original release date.
Fact 05: In 2002 Sony released the PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld console to replace their previous PlayStation lineup; it had sold over 80 million units by 2014! PSP went through a few different designs before production finally stopped in 2012.
Fact 06: Nintendo DS is another famous handheld system from Nintendo. It has both dual screens and touch functionality, and it sold over 154 million units by March 2013.
Fact 07: In 2001 “Grand Theft Auto III” was released for PlayStation; it was the first game to allow violence against pedestrians, including killing them! It is also one of the most popular games from Rockstar Games with more than 25 million copies as of 2009.
Fact 08: One of the earliest online multiplayer video games that people could play together across platforms is called “Quake”.
The original version came out in 1996 on PC but there were ports to other systems like Sega Saturn’s Netlink adapter, Nintendo 64DD, Dreamcast (Jet Set Radio) and even a port for Sony PSP too! Quakespasm engine has been developed to work just like the original Quake.
Fact 09: In 1997, Nintendo released “Game Boy Color” in Japan- a hardware update to their existing mobile console with two shades of green and purple as its main colors. It made use of four buttons instead of three (two on each side) and had many different cartridge designs, including Pokemon Red!
Fact 10: Sega’s most popular series is called Sonic The Hedgehog- it started out as an arcade game before being ported onto multiple other platforms to include Game Gear, Master System, Xbox 360/Xbox One via emulation or even hybrid consoles such as Oculus Rift VR headsets for PC. Games are available for all types of devices so you can have fun playing at home or on the go!
We all have our favorites, but it’s always fun to learn about the history of these retro games and how they’ve evolved over time. We hope you’ve enjoyed the 10 fun facts about retro gaming. For more such blogs stay tuned.