A History Of Video Game Consoles, In Commercials

It's terrifying how long video games have actually existed. Utterly terrifying. Even more terrifying (and hilarious) are the commercials used to sell video games. Just for fun I decided to trail back through history to unearth almost a commercial for almost every single home console ever released. From the Magnavox Odyssey to the PlayStation 4 and everything inbetween: this is the history of video games in commercial form. Enjoy!


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The First Generation (1972-1980)

Magnavox Odyssey

Coleco Telstar


The Second Generation (1976-1983)

Atari 2600

Colecovision


The Third Generation (1983-1987)

NES

SEGA Master System

Commodore 64


The Fourth Generation (1987-1995)

SEGA Mega Drive

Super Nintendo

Turbografx-16

Neo Geo


The Fifth Generation (1993-2000)

Amiga CD32

Atari Jaguar

Sega Saturn

PlayStation

Nintendo 64


The Sixth Generation (1998-2004)

Dreamcast

PlayStation 2

Nintendo GameCube

Xbox


The Seventh Generation (2005-2011)

PlayStation 3

Xbox 360

Nintendo Wii


The Eighth Generation (2012-Present)

Wii U

Xbox One

PlayStation 4