The Colorful History of Video Game Animation [Infographic]

Video games have come a long way, baby … and so has the animation within them.
These days, we’re used to the bright, often realistic images in our video games, but it wasn’t always this way. Back in he day, video games weren’t just simple pixels; they were simple in color, as well! From playing Pong in black and white to the full-color games available today, video game colors have come a long way.

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One of the first black and white games was electronic tennis, invented in 1958. It wasn’t until 20 years later that Galaxian came out as the first game to use RGB colors.

Sega, released in 1985, brought 32 on-screen colors to gaming fanatics and the Sega Genesis came out four years later with 64 colors, but the ante was upped with the Sony Playstation that had 16.7 million colors came out.

This year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 have taken advantage of modern technology and feature over 16.7 billion colors, including color blind assist to aid those with color blindness.

All in all, the world of gaming has made fantastic progress in color and animation … and gamers are certainly reaping the benefits.

Looking for more cool infographics? Take a look at the Battlefield vs Call of Duty infographic, Your Brain on Media and the Evolution of Video Games.

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