National Video Games Day - September 12
Mon, Sep 12, 2022

National Video Games Day

National Video Games Day is an American holiday dedicated to video games. Celebrated annually on September 12th. Video games are an integral part of society, and many researchers position them as an element of culture.


The history of National Video Games Day begins in the second half of the 19th century, when game consoles were developed, which then flooded the market. In the 1970s, the first TV set-top boxes appeared, and five years later, the Pong (table tennis) toy came out, which sold about $ 200 million in circulation. In 1976, the world saw the Atari 2600 device with replaceable cartridges. To run another game, you had to change the cartridge. In the late 80s, the popularity of such gadgets fell sharply – the market was oversaturated.

In 1985-1990, a revolution in video games was made by Nintendo, which released the NES, an 8-bit prefix of its own design. The created video game Super Mario captivated the whole world – a funny plumber became a real legend that is still remembered and loved.

In 1989, a 16-bit prefix from SEGA (the most popular Sonic Hedgehog game) was released. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the most popular consoles were from SEGA and Nintendo. With the spread of the Internet and the creation of the first home computers, attention shifted to them. Since then, many series of interesting games have been created: Doom, Mortal Kombat, Counter-Strike and so on.

Interesting facts

  • For all the time, more than a million game projects have been created. Some of them are known all over the world, and almost no one knows about others. The exact number cannot be given, and it is constantly changing.
  • People over the age of 60 who play games are less prone to memory problems, suffer less from pressure drops and are generally more active. The data is confirmed by research scientists.
  • There is an opinion that games harm children. This statement will be true only in the case of many hours of daily gaming. Agree, 8 hours of play or more is a serious load.

How to celebrate

During the celebration of National Video Games Day, get together with friends or family and play your favorite games together. Not only is it fun, but it also brings people together.

Play together in the most interesting game projects. Visit various exhibitions and themed events, or simply discuss moments from your favorite games on the relevant forums on the network.

When is National Video Games Day celebrated in 2022?

National Video Games Day is observed on September 12 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday September 12 2022
Tuesday September 12 2023
Thursday September 12 2024
Friday September 12 2025
Saturday September 12 2026

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