A Tribute to Our Origins on National Video Game Day
Today’s all about honoring one of the coolest inventions known to mankind: the video game! They bring people together from all over the world and provide a stress-relieving and exciting way to escape reality. Unless you’re one of those people who get really “passionate” while playing– but hey, as long as you’re having fun!
To celebrate this awesome day, we thought we’d share some cool things about where video games came from, their history, and why they’re so important to escape rooms.
Where did video games come from?
The first video game was created in 1971 when a company called Nutting Associates designed a space combat arcade game called Computer Space. To win, players had to come out on top in a missile battle using a set of hardware-controlled flying saucers. The following year, the developer that designed that game, Nolan Bushnell, joined Atari and helped successfully launch their video game, Pong.
The wild thing is, the history goes even farther than that.
History of Video Games
Video games have transformed into incredible, interactive experiences that look, sound, and feel so real! We’re just a year into this new decade and have already seen amazing innovations to the gaming industry, like the PS5 and the Xbox Series.
Why do we love video games so much?
Without video games, there’d be no escape rooms. Whether you enjoy playing virtual escape games or prefer the thrills of the live experience, we have video games to thank. That’s because the first escape room ever invented was a video game that came out in 1988 called Escape the Room. It’s attributed as the first text-based escape video game. Soon after, the concept of graphics-based escape games took over with games like the Crimson Room, the first and most distinguished game of the online escape room craze.
Join us for another enlightening journey to learn more about the history of escape rooms! And remember to finish off today the right way: with a session playing your favorite video game.