The gaming industry has quickly become one of the largest industries in the world. With rapid and strong advancements in technology, video gaming has become extremely popular and has also become a multi-billion dollar market with consoles such as the Wii U, Xbox One and PS4 being present in almost every home.
It all started with arcade machines in the 1970s, they were all the rage back then as they seemed to be very high tech at the time, people were amazed by how many games they could play on these types of machines and how much fun they were to play. Many experts in the gaming industry pin-point 1978-1982 as the golden years of gaming. It all kicked off with the release of Space Invaders which grew to become the largest grossing game of all time.
Simple games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders were two of the most popular, due to their simple but fun game play that made them accessible for all ages. Pac-man is still popular to this day, nearly everyone on this planet will know Pac-Man which is incredible.
The younger generation now prefer to play on a game than go outdoors and that reflects in the rise of sales in the gaming industry over the past 20 years with sales set to rise to an all time high this Christmas season. Gaming has become so advanced with online helping the huge boost in growth. You can chat and play with your friends online without moving from your bed! Newer and more advanced games require more skill and tactics which appeals to many people. The growth of the Call of Duty series is an example of incredible growth of a tactical shooter.
The infographic below shows the most successful video games, arcade games and consoles of all time. Some stats are really surprising with old classics still holding strong at the top of the list. We also tell you some quirky facts about the gaming industry and videogames in general.
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