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#017 - The History of Video Games - Part 2: Attack of the Clones

#017 - The History of Video Games - Part 2: Attack of the Clones

History of Video Games 2: Attack of the Clones

The first generation of videogame consoles were all related by the following characteristics:

Discrete transistor-based digital game logic gate. (an idealized or physical device implementing a Boolean function; that is, it performs a logical operation on one or more logical inputs, and produces a single logical output)
Games were native components of consoles rather than based on external or removable media.
Entire game playfield occupies only one screen.
Players and objects consist of very basic lines, dots or blocks.
Colour graphics are basic (mostly black and white or other dichromatic combination; later games may display three or more colours).
Either single-channel or no audio.




Dedicated console


First generation

Retail availability

NA August 1972 43 years ago
EU 1973

JP 1974

Introductory price

US$99 (equivalent to $560.05 in 2015)