List of years in video games

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History of video games

1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s2010s

1940s[edit]

For further details on video games from 1947—1971, see Early history of video games.

1950s[edit]

  • 1950 – Bertie the Brain; Claude Shannon devises a chess-playing program
  • 1951 – Nimrod; Christopher Strachey develops a draughts simulator, the first known computer game to be created for a general-purpose computer; Dietrich Prinz writes the first limited chess program to actually run; RAND Corporation develops series of combat simulation games which require human intervention to run
  • 1952 – OXO (first game with a CRT-based screen rather than lightbulbs or printouts)
  • 1953 –
  • 1954 – Pool game simulator on MIDSAC mainframe computer (first game with real-time updating graphics)
  • 1955 –
  • 1956 –
  • 1957 –
  • 1958 – Tennis for Two, The Management Game
  • 1959 – Tic-Tac-Toe, Mouse in the Maze

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1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

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