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.
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.See more coverage of VGHM 2014