GameSpot Celebrates Video Game History Month 2014

Something old, and something new.

Commercial video games as we know them have been around for nearly half a century, and in the time that has passed since Ralph Baer introduced the Magnavox Odyssey console in 1966, gaming at large has grown into a global, multibillion-dollar business. There isn't a day that goes by that someone or something related to gaming doesn't make mainstream entertainment headlines, and with the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo just around the corner, we have plenty of announcements to look forward to as we dive headlong into the formative years of a new console generation.

Even Link knows you can't forget the past.

However, sometimes it's good to look back. The video game industry has developed a dense timeline of notable events, and for a lot of us, it's all too easy to focus solely on what's new and lose sight of how we got here in the first place. Do you remember a time before the Game Boy? When was the last time you thought about your favorite Sega Dreamcast game?

It's questions and thoughts like these that inspire us at GameSpot to look back at gaming's past during Video Game History Month in May. It gives us an opportunity to revisit our favorite games and series and to reexamine the events that have shaped the industry into what it is today.

For an example of what you can expect over the weeks to come, take a look at our Sega Saturn retrospective from Video Game History Month 2010, when we examined one of the most troubled and surprising consoles from the '90s.

Every day in May we'll feature new content related to classic gaming, including updated reviews of historically significant games with new footage, retrospectives of our favorite games and consoles, and analyses of classic gaming's most notable developers and studios, including some that continue to lead the industry today.

On top of new written content, nearly every one of GameSpot's live shows, including Multiple Players, The Lobby, House of Horrors, and, of course, Megabit, will keep the spirit of retro gaming alive by highlighting some of the GameSpot editors' favorite games from the past.

Do you miss cartridges and games that actually came with manuals? Do you long to relive the glory days of the budding PC gaming scene of the '80s and '90s, or are you a young gamer who wants to know more about the origin of your favorite series? Share some of your favorite gaming memories in the comments below, and get ready for an awesome month of retro gaming content before the future is unveiled in June at E3 2014.

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36 comments
Coolman13355
Coolman13355

Having trouble playing this video. It does the ad and then never starts the actual video. I've tried firefox, chrome, and IE.

fcga1976
fcga1976

Sometimes I ask myself: "Am I too old for videogames?" Nah!

The generation of people about my age grew up playing videogames. And I believe some still playing. So, we might be the first generation to keep playing videogames until we reach 50 or even 60 years old. BTW, I still 38 :-)

Rizer
Rizer

It's kind of funny, before I knew Gamespot was celebrating this I was listening to the audiobook of 

Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America on my daily commute. It's like video game history month is an instinctual thing now eh? Like migration or something. :P 


loafofgame
loafofgame

Videogame history, where people who are really not that old can shamelessly say 'back in the day'...

As for a first memory: Monster Bash. That game gave me nightmares.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

You'll hear my dad tell the story of some of my first words on more than one occasion. He would take me to Toys R Us and teach me the names of all the NES games until I would eventually say "Duck Hunt" or "Zelda."

The man next to us was quite impressed. In fact, he was so impressed that it started a conversation between him and my dad. That conversation landed my dad a job as a producer at Taxan then eventually Namco and Seismic (first third-party company for the Sega Genesis).

That impressed man next to us happened to be Ken Lobb. Don't say videogames don't open up possibilities. True story.

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

Some of the best games I've played were both on the Sega Genesis and PS1 with games like Sonic 1, Streets of Rage, Crash Bandicoot 2 and Metal Gear Solid

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

My earliest memories are of the family NES when I was a kid. I loved Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, Track and Field (even had the big floor mat controller for that one), Legend of Kage, Gyruss and so many more. As the 90s progressed I became a huge Sega fanboy after getting my first Genesis as a Christmas gift, and I'm still a Sega fanboy to this day. I was also an arcade rat back in the day. My particular vice was the early incarnation of the Marvel vs Capcom series. I used to run that machine as a kid. After the Genesis we didn't have any consoles for a while, so I did most of my gaming on PC, and then in 2002 I picked up a GameCube and Super Smash Bros with money from my first ever job. Some of the fondest gaming memories I have come from playing Melee with brothers. Every Friday night we fired up the GameCube and played Smash until the wee hours of the morning. My Cube lasted me five years and then gave up the ghost. I picked up an original Xbox and played through the first two Halo games and then got Halo 3 and an Xbox360 about a month or two later. I still have my 360 seven years later, along with a 3DS, Wii U, PSP and Xbox One, not to mention a bunch of PC games. I look forward to this year's history lessons :)

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

Please do a House of Horrors with Friday the 13th for the NES.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

I remember playing Pong with my sisters at 4 years old and successfully begging for an Atari 2600 for my fifth birthday.  I remember my big sister buying us a Nintendo for Christmas.  Games with family, games at the arcade, then more and more one player games as an escape/tension release valve.  I can't even imagine what would have filled their place if they didn't exist.

Karlinel
Karlinel

Ah, I remember playing Joust on my father's Atari 2600, it was so magical...Since then I haven't been able to make videogames stay away from my life.

Btw your video on SegaSaturn (marvelous machine I had) is frozen! 

seanin_hall
seanin_hall

The earliest memories I have are of playing Driver, Star Wars, Space Invaders and Quake 2 on the PS1, along with Unreal Tournament and Quake III Team Arena on PC.

mike24ok
mike24ok

Some of the best memories that i used to have is when i got my very first Gameboy. Everytime i would get a new game i wasn't able to wait to play it so i would tear into the box and flip through the manual about 100 times until i could finally be home to play the game. Those were great times, the waiting and the anticipation of it made it that much more exciting..what do i do with all of this nostalgia all of a sudden?!

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

Opening up the SNES on Christmas and playing Super Mario World.  It was the first system we owned and to know that a controller that was in my hand was moving something on the TV just blew me away.  

therealdolemike
therealdolemike

your video is frozen . come on gamespot. fix it before you put it up


Daian
Daian

Half Life...the moment I put on the hazard suit is something that will stay with me for a long, long time. I had no idea what a trip I was about to take, a trip that would make me a gamer for life.

Cloister56
Cloister56

Interesting, I hope at least a little time will be spent on some of the pre NES systems. My ZX Spectrum was a huge source of fun from the day my dad brought it home and we played Cobra, Green Beret and the Great Escape. I broke many Cheetah joysticks playing Supertest. I still play Rescue every few years on fuse.

gannon27
gannon27

Great idea. Can't wait to read about the Saturn, one of my favourite consoles. I still play NIghts, Guardian Heros, Radiant Silvergun and many more to this day.Unfortunately it was a 2D powerhouse just as the Playstation pushed games into 3D.

hystavito
hystavito

It's been some time since I've seen Ryan's hands flailing about :).


I didn't know the Saturn was discontinued after only 3 years, ouch.  That was during a fairly long period where I didn't own or pay much attention to consoles, I was all about the PC.

faizanhd
faizanhd

Any chance we'll get to see something about Monolith and other 90s PC devs ?

Games like No One Lives Forever and Blood  really need to be remembered.

aci808
aci808

It appears hipsters don't like retro gaming. Considering they're self-obsessed morons, it's not much of a surprise. Anything that was around before they were born is insignificant to them. Including anything remotely historic. Anyway, I'm psyched for a month of retro news.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Judging by the type of posters we have here, not much people been old enough to purchase a Gameboy back then.

WraistlinGill
WraistlinGill

Who's responsible for this?  Give them a raise.

pinky08_09
pinky08_09

Fondest gaming memory. Finishing donkey Kong country for the first time. I was on holidays with my best friend of that time. Wed packed the SNES just in case and after two days of rain, taking turns with the joystick, we beated the game. Se were grinning for hours. I was 11 years old. Been a gamer ever since.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

This is going to be fun.  Let's school us some yungins!

kaos580
kaos580

Brilliant idea! Really interested to see what games you're going to be talking about because there's been so many great ones.

MuggyTadpole
MuggyTadpole

So excited for this. Hope you guys do live streams of old classics like you did two, three years ago. 

Rizer
Rizer

@youre_a_sheep  That's a great idea! I like it. You should post it to on of the house of horrors vids or just post it to Zorine or Jess.

faizanhd
faizanhd

@aci808  

Retro gaming seems to be the only thing hipsters like...........................

wEEman33
wEEman33

@aci808  Most people seem to like retro gaming, just not on retro consoles.


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