A History Of Video Games 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!

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


    Wow, all these years and I never realised Tennis, Hockey, and Football were all the same game.

    Awwww, c'mon. No "Genesis DOES what NintenDON'T"? :(

    First magnavox advert, "Creates a closed circuit electronic play gorund". Sounds like london today.

    also, no love for the 3DO???

    You guys forgot the best one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkMdi3XBhw

    Was going to say the playstation ads take the cake - but that BANG Xbox ad - brilliant!

      Spaced did it better. http://youtu.be/Kct523XltUM

    No handheld love? I remember an ad for the original gameboy that had just about the most 90s song ever written, and I've never been able to track it down.

    All those 5th generation ads looked kind of creepy. Wow, I really do not miss the 90s!

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