Gaming Industry in THE 90’S

Ahh, 90’s the era where movies with special effects like Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 were making the crowd go gaga, then how can the video game industry be behind. The entire decade of the 90s was marked by innovations and tech catching up with imagination in video games. A decade that saw the transition from sprite-based graphics to full-fledged 3D graphics, a decade that gave rise to several genres of video games namely  first person shooting games, real-time strategy games, survival horror, and MMO and many more. Some of the bestselling games of the decade were Tetris, Pokémon Red/Green/Blue, Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy VII, Fallout, Slient Hill, Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto etc. The games in the era were made targeting the adult gamers than just kids with game themes like blood, gore, and horror became more common.

The 90s was more of advancement in technology that started with the huge success of Sega Genesis with its true 16 bit graphics and 8MB+ ROM cartridges that brought a whole new era to gaming technology. Till late 1991, Sega simply ruled the gaming industry worldwide.

It was September 1991 when Nintendo finally brought the Super Famicon (Family Computer) to the Japanese Market. The console became an instant hit with Americans not waiting for the US release started buying the console from the Japanese Market itself where they were paying on an average $750.00 for one Super Famicom console.

When Nintendo Invented the True Selfie with Game Boy Camera

 

In 1993 Capcom released CPS2 and CPS3 console with advanced encryption algorithms to its ROM games in order to thwart the rampant piracy that plagued its CPS1 console giving a tough competition to SNK. By 1995 Sega Saturn and the Sony Playstation hit the scene. Today Sony is a big name in the gaming industry. It was December 1995, when Sony released their first PlayStation console competing against giants Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn. Sony understood the then evolving video game market and fulfilled the demands of the gamers by giving users a lot of options from the beginning. It was then no looking back for the video game giant where they sold over 50 million units worldwide and the PlayStation library consisting of more than thousand game titles.

The Original PlayStation

The Original PlayStation

 

Today’s PC gaming that consists of a flat wide screen, glowing keyboards and mouse; controllers with analog thumbstick were not there in the 90s.  Then PC gaming was having a basic set of computer and spending more on the cutting-edge video cards, the best Sound Blaster and some great speakers to match with.

 

Games That Made The 90s A Memorable Decade

1990

  • Wing Commander
  • Super Mario World
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Commander Keen

1991

  • Civilization
  • Road Rash
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Neverwinter Nights

1992

  • Mortal Kombat
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Dune II

1993

  • Sim City 2000
  • Doom
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Master of Orion

1994

  • Heretic
  • Warcraft
  • Tekken

1995

  • Warcraft II
  • The Need For Speed
  • Command and Conquer

1996

  • Quake
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • A.X.

1997

  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Total Annihilation
  • Age of Empires
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Quake 2
  • Diablo

1998

  • Half Life
  • Starcraft with Broodwar expansion
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 98
  • StarCraft
  • Unreal

1999

  • EverQuest
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III

 

Innovation of Different Genres in The 90s

The various genres that made a mark in the 90s are;

  • Fighting games
  • First person Shooters
  • Interactive Movies
  • Racing Games
  • Role Playing Games
  • MUDs and MMORPGs
  • Stealth Games
  • Survival Horror Games

 

When You Played Games on Demand with the Sega Channel

 

Conclusion

The 90s marked the beginning of 3D video gaming full of revolutionary games made available. The release of affordable 3D accelerated card in 1996, gamers started exploring new environment that helped develop the first-person shooter genre. And who can forget the snake game that came pre-installed on Nokia mobile phones thus giving the birth to today’s highly profitable and hugely competitive and demanded mobile gaming industry. Thus, the 90s paved the way to improved and advanced gaming technology, graphics and gameplay.

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