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


The Third Generation (1983-1987)


SEGA Master System

Commodore 64

The Fourth Generation (1987-1995)

SEGA Mega Drive

Super Nintendo


Neo Geo

The Fifth Generation (1993-2000)

Amiga CD32

Atari Jaguar

Sega Saturn


Nintendo 64

The Sixth Generation (1998-2004)


PlayStation 2

Nintendo GameCube


The Seventh Generation (2005-2011)

PlayStation 3

Xbox 360

Nintendo Wii

The Eighth Generation (2012-Present)

Wii U

Xbox One

PlayStation 4



The scary thing isn't that modern commercials will one day look just as stupid and goony as some of these "timeless classics".

It's that they already do.