In 1970s some computer games were byproducts of the US military industrial complex. Nowadays it’s an independent multi-billion dollar industry, with many gaming titles surpassing the success of Hollywood movie hits. Discover the story of the single-player and multiplayer online video games, what on earth MMORPG is, and why millions of adults around the world spend most of their spare time playing online tank battles. Hear about the first, the most expensive, and the most successful game titles ever. Learn everything in our special series “Global Playground: Inside the Realm of Video Games.”
The top entries on the list of this year’s game releases are extremely expensive, with budgets running way beyond those of an average Hollywood movie. In return, the developers of the games such as Uncharted 4, promise (and deliver) the highest level of realism players can imagine.
It’s been known to gamers for more than a decade and hasn’t stopped surprising the world with its growing popularity. Despite its controversial content the Grand Theft Auto series has become the most financially successful video game in history.
In the beginning… there were mammoth, pre-historic computers, connected to each other with heavy cables, and engineers, tired of performing boring calculations, decided to write a simple game code. Years passed, PCs became faster and smaller, and users started connecting their machines together, forming online communities to chat and play games.
Besides its talented mathematicians and physicians, the former USSR has always been famous for producing computer engineers and programmers – people who wrote the software and helped develop the electronic components for modern PCs.