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Video Game Day is celebrated annually on July 8th. Various and exciting video games have long ceased to be exclusively a children’s hobby, now they are played by both adults and children. Everyone will find a game to their taste, because there are already more than 5 million different games created around the world.

The History

The first video games were created by university students in the 1950s. These experimental programs were virtual versions of board games like tic-tac-toe. In 1940, at the New York World’s Fair, Dr. Edward Uhler Condon unveiled the prototype of the first Nim slot machine. During the demonstration, over 50 thousand people played the game, and 90% of the participants lost to the machine.

The breakthrough in the video game industry came in 1967 when Ralph Baer, ​​considered today the father of video games, developed a game system for commercial use called the Brown Box. Thanks to this, Atari created the classic Pong game. However, a lawsuit over copyright infringement followed, after which the Atari 2600 appeared. Thanks to this, the era of such cult games as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man began. A new breakthrough in 1983 was made by the Japanese company Nintendo, which released “Super Mario Bros.” and The Legend of Zelda. These games quickly broke sales records, but Sega became Nintendo’s competitor.

In the 21st century, the Sony PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii have become popular. The quality of video games has increased many times, they can be purchased in various stores. Along with this, online games, games on smartphones appeared.

Interesting facts

On the occasion of the holiday, we recall the following facts:

  • in 1977, the first Atari 2600 console was released with games such as Frogger, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Missile Command;
  • in 1985, the first game from the Super Mario Bros. franchise was released;
  • In 1989, Nintendo releases the Game Boy portable console.

How to celebrate

On this big day for gamers, gaming marathons and conventions with contests, cosplays and giveaways are organized. Similar events are broadcast on YouTube and Twitch. You can attend one of these gatherings or host a video game day at home. In addition, today you can often find video game-themed bars where you can go with friends or a significant other.

When is Video Game Day Celebrated in 2022?

Video Game Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 8th each year.