The history of video games is a long one, and while it might not have the same cultural impact as other art forms, the medium has evolved considerably over the years. From 2D sprites with limited movement to 3D models with advanced physics and movement—the evolution of video game characters has been remarkable! We’ve put together an infographic detailing how some of your favorite characters have changed over time. Now you can see how far we’ve come from “Super Mario Bros.”‘ 8-bit blocky graphics to today’s immersive 3D worlds.
Super Mario Bros. was originally called “Jumpman,” and it was about a carpenter named Mario who had to save the princess from an evil ape named Donkey Kong. Nintendo changed this because they thought it would be better if their main character was more relatable to people around the world. In fact, many of the characters in Super Mario Bros. have names that can be traced back to real people (or are just combinations of words). Mario’s name is an amalgamation of “MARIO”–the landlord who owned his apartment building–and “LUIGI”–who owned Nintendo’s office building at one point in time! And while everyone knows Luigi as being Mario’s brother nowadays, he wasn’t always available as an option when playing through levels together with your friends; he didn’t become playable until Super Mario World came out on SNES in 1990!
Don’t be fooled by Donkey Kong’s cuddly appearance. This character is a ruthless kidnapper who stole Mario’s girlfriend Pauline in the original 1981 arcade game. In fact, it was the success of this game that led to the creation of a whole new franchise: The Mario series. After Donkey Kong kidnapped Pauline, Mario had no choice but to jump over obstacles and climb ladders to save her from his clutches!
The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986 and is one of the most popular video games to date. It was one of the first games to use a battery save feature and include an open world, making it possible for players to roam freely instead of following a linear storyline. The game takes place in Hyrule, where your character must save Princess Zelda from Ganon (a monster who wants to take over Hyrule). You traverse through forests and dungeons while collecting items like swords and arrows along with shields that help protect you from enemies’ attacks.
Kirby is a pink puffball who can copy the abilities of enemies he eats. He was created by Masahiro Sakurai in 1992, and has appeared in several games, including the Super Smash Bros series.In his early days, Kirby’s only power was to suck up enemies and spit them out as projectiles. This was later changed so that if you swallowed an enemy whole instead (by pressing down on the controller’s D-pad), you could gain their powers for yourself–a fact that makes sense when you consider how many different ways there are for your body to digest something!
Sonic the Hedgehog was first introduced in 1991 and has since become one of the most popular video game characters. The blue hedgehog is known for his speed, which he uses to defeat enemies and save his friends from danger. Sonic’s popularity grew when Sega released several games with him as the main character, including Sonic Adventure (1998), Sonic Heroes (2003) and Sonic Advance (2001). The character has changed over time–he used to be smaller than most other characters but now stands taller than them–but his personality has remained consistent: he’s adventurous, brave and kindhearted despite being able to run faster than anyone else on Earth!
Video game characters have evolved over the years from blocky, pixelated sprites to 3D models with advanced physics and movement. Modern video game characters are more realistic and have more personality than ever before. Video games are an interactive medium that allow players to take part in an alternate reality where they can be whoever they want to be; whether it’s saving princesses from castles or exploring vast galaxies filled with alien life forms that want nothing but destruction for Earthlings (and other humans). But how did we get here? The first video games were created way back in 1958 by William Higinbotham at MIT as a new way for people to interact with computers–and boy did it work! These early arcade games were simple black-and-white games like Tennis For Two where two players could play against each other using controllers called joysticks; however, what made these games so special was their ability to simulate real life scenarios without actually being real life scenarios themselves: think Pong vs air hockey today!
As you can see, video game characters have come a long way. The earliest games were simple 2D experiences with basic graphics and gameplay. But now we have 3D models that look more like real people than ever before! It’s amazing how far technology has taken us in such a short time period. Now that you know more about this history lesson, go out there and enjoy some games!