History of Games: 1990 to the late 2000s

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It’s now time to continue your captivating journey through the history of gaming.

In this second course, you will learn about the technological advancements of the early 1990s and the development of the fourth- and fifth-generation video game consoles—some of which survived even after their successor generation entered the market.

You will also explore the proliferation of corporate video game mascots during this era. Finally, your journey will end with the sixth- and seventh-generation gaming consoles. You will discover the consoles and games that made these generations great, and the improvements made to the user experience through high-definition technology, motion controls and digital storefronts.

Topics covered include:

  • Mascot wars
  • A new dimension
  • A changing of the guard
  • The dawn of high definition


Tahirah Mirza
Tahirah Mirza

I joined the video game industry a little over 4 years ago. With a strong passion for video games and background in marketing, it was the perfect fit. I learned a lot about the industry through my job but also through my passion for the industry.

Additionally, I have a background in Marketing through acquiring an E-Business Certificate at Lasalle College, volunteering with student organizations at University, and working in a ~~small~~ IT Consulting company.

I have been working at Ubisoft as a Content & Channel Manager and manage a team of Coordinators. Our primary role is to be a resource to the organization when it comes to social media, channel management, as well as strategies activations on social.

John Appleby
John Appleby

8+ years of teaching various classes on Game Design and Development at several institutions across both the UK and Canada. With a background in Fine Art and a deep, lifelong passion for video games, John is continually working to improve his own creative and analytical skills, while sharing the knowledge he gains with the next generation of game-makers.

John is primarily interested in video games as art and the ways in which we might use them to share our experiences and gain a deeper understanding of the world around us.