45 years ago, the video game industry changed forever...

Here at TKG, our programmers have a healthy interest in gaming and not just developing industry-leading games but also a passion for the history of gaming itself.

Many modern-day players perceive our industry to be such a recent development but as one of our programmers pointed out, you need to go back in time to individuals like Jerry Lawson, to realise the time, innovation, and investment that has gone into making our industry what it is today.

Before 1975 video games could only be played in bars or taverns, and a coin-op usually cost around $1400 per machine - that would be around $7500 today - but it's not that bad if you think that a coin-op could easily make $300 per week.

Since the domestic version of Pong came out as Home Pong (a household device that you could buy for just $100), the industry started creating game consoles that were specifically designed to play only one game. If you wanted to play a different game, you needed to buy a different console... what a waste!

Galaxy Game 1971 first arcade game
Galaxy Game 1971 first arcade game

Jerry Lawson, an electrical engineer, had the simple and ingenious intuition to separate the machine from the game itself, which changed the industry forever. The Fairchild Channel F was the first game console based on ROM cartridges that you could buy for $20 like audiotapes or videotapes.

After 45 years, this is still a standard today, as the Switch still uses the same kind of cartridges (but they're now 10 times smaller).

Fun Fact:

Even though the next generation of consoles is pushing the digital market more than ever, one of our developers still prefers to buy boxed games and has a collection of over 1000 physical games, including a 1977 Atari cartridge of Combat: can you beat that?!

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