Grandad's favorite arcade games

Light guns in 1936? Collision detection in 1928? GR looks back at gaming before graphics...

Can you remember whenGenesis games were on shop shelves? How about ZX Spectrum? If you were there in line to play Space Invaders in 1978, then kudos to you. But imagine a time before all that. A time (whisper it) before videogames even existed. What did people do? Turns out it wasn’t actually so different.

We’ve trawled the history books and found the earliest examples we could of all the major gaming staples. From a fully functional 1936 light gun game to a steering-wheel controlled racing game, it’s all here.

Above: Ah, if only he could play Ace Combat 6 - he'd soon retract that statement

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The longest-serving GR+ staffer, I was here when all this was just fields. I'm currently Reviews Editor but still find time to speedrun Sonic levels and make daft Photoshop articles.

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