A Brief History of Graphics

  • Published: 19 January 2015
  • A complete edit of a 5-part series: goo.gl/ilCrn5

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  • William McDonald
    William McDonald  3 hours back

    Op, you had me until you called Night Trap awful. Welp opinion discounted. The terrible misstep of polygonal graphics still has us held to the floor with its bootheel. We will never reach the next level until we embrace the true path with volumetric video.

    • Gabb
      Gabb  10 hours back

      32:30 when you said cinematic flair, i instantly thought jet set radio

      • Mike Mohler
        Mike Mohler  1 days back

        there will be a time where the videogames now will look like ass

        • ElectronicPleasure
          ElectronicPleasure  1 days back

          33:55 Crisis? Crysis ;)

          • Sparrow Elle
            Sparrow Elle  1 days back

            The nonsensical adding of lens and film effects to first-person games is more rampant than ever. Just because movie CGI is supposed to imitate film doesn't mean the CGI for a simulation should. Sometimes it looks better but most of the time it just leads to wondering "What is wrong with my character's eyeballs?"

            • J DP
              J DP  1 days back

              Very nice. I just had to pause because the voice was making me fall asleep jeje

              • Diced Cheeses
                Diced Cheeses  2 days back

                I’m really boutta put RTX on Pac-Man.

                • TheFujac
                  TheFujac  2 days back

                  very awesome video....i was one of the ones who had a pong machine and played space invaders and carried on playing games up until the late 90s and enjoyed every minute i played....definitely worth the 44 minutes

                  • aluckyshot
                    aluckyshot  3 days back

                    You know you're getting old when you have played nearly every game in the documentary.

                    • Leongon draws stuff
                      Leongon draws stuff  3 days back

                      From the 348729476 games mentioned through this video, I wonder why Quake is the one being pushed by youtube in the description.

                      • gugl acownt
                        gugl acownt  3 days back

                        how you tryna skip over oddworld?

                        • Adomas Giedra
                          Adomas Giedra  3 days back

                          A brief history of graphics.


                          44 minutes.


                          • JTHBS
                            JTHBS  4 days back

                            Now its time to adapt the end of the video... The "tricks" to simulate reflections and light effects are now slowly replaced by realtime raytracing. And VR offers a whole new way of immersive game experiences. with special requirements for the graphics. Mobile Gaming got a real boost and games streaming platforms are on the horizon, offering high end Graphics on every device.
                            So enough content to add another 5 -10 minutes and upload it again :D

                            • George Pratt
                              George Pratt  4 days back

                              shows how old I am I have been around for all of it

                              • Joey McDaniel
                                Joey McDaniel  4 days back

                                This is a great doc! Would love to see an update to include 2019's amazing graphics! :)

                                • micah Kiker
                                  micah Kiker  5 days back

                                  I need this guy to do readings of anything I want to learn put it on leave it on even as I sleep lol.

                                  • Eduardo Bogosian
                                    Eduardo Bogosian  5 days back

                                    Aww man. I thought they were going to be graphics as in GRAPHS! Pie Charts, Bar Charts, Radar Charts... You know Graphics!

                                    • Sean Mondout
                                      Sean Mondout  5 days back

                                      No console nor no home computer was as graphically ahead-of-its-time as much as the Amiga was when it was introduced in 1985. It actually had a graphics co-processor that allowed the CPU to run pretty much idle while it did graphically-intense operations. Do you realize how ahead of its time just that alone was? In the first couple of years Marble Madness and Defender of the Crown wowed those who had merely played Nintendo, PC or Atari games.
                                      I've made in 21 minutes in with all kinds references to that which came before it and after but no Amiga references. I do hope you corrected this in the 2nd half of your video.

                                      • baron75mk3
                                        baron75mk3  5 days back

                                        Interesting stuff , learned a few new things here & thats always good

                                        • Franklin Gonzalez
                                          Franklin Gonzalez  5 days back

                                          I'm surprised that, of all the games featured in this documentary, Halo wasn't given an honorable mention for its graphics. I understand that there were other first person, shooter games that had the same graphics and had come out way before Halo. However, Halo was the game that introduced those types of graphics to so many, including myself. I still remember playing it the first time and was left in awe. O.O In any case, this documentary was amazing and it certainly didn't feel like 40 minutes went by. You earned my sub.

                                          • Emiel333 Official
                                            Emiel333 Official  6 days back

                                            Great 👍🏻

                                            • SiewGood Wong
                                              SiewGood Wong  6 days back

                                              never knew 44 minutes was considered "brief" in terms of brief videos on youtube.

                                              • Gadgets Review
                                                Gadgets Review  6 days back

                                                Best laptop fro graphics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaCToIw6SbM

                                                • Eric McManus
                                                  Eric McManus  6 days back

                                                  Fuck triple A games.  They are terrible.

                                                  • Richard Cronshaw
                                                    Richard Cronshaw  6 days back

                                                    "A brief history...." 44:26 length

                                                    • ZX Spectrum 128K
                                                      ZX Spectrum 128K  6 days back

                                                      8bit n e 1?

                                                      • Sgt. Pepper
                                                        Sgt. Pepper  6 days back

                                                        putting motion blur into a video game should be a criminal offense

                                                        • Sgt. Pepper
                                                          Sgt. Pepper  5 days back

                                                          @Akira Menai i mean if you think the backgrounds in your video games being turned into unrecognizable mush is a 'pleasant aesthetic' that's on you, everybody's entitled to their own poor taste, it's just objectively wrong.

                                                        • Akira Menai
                                                          Akira Menai  5 days back

                                                          I disagree. Well-constructed motion blur can add to the realism and peasant esthetic of anything. This is why motion picture directors aren't pushing for ever-higher frame rates in film; the result is the dreaded soap-opera effect. Fortunately for film, the perfect amount of motion-blur is provided by the shutter opening long enough to let in enough light, no effort required.

                                                      • Anoop Sahal
                                                        Anoop Sahal  7 days back

                                                        No doubt , just as I laugh at the thought of you finding those waste of time games entertaining

                                                        • 【FLUX】
                                                          【FLUX】  7 days back

                                                          I was 8 years-old when I first saw Super Mario N64 set up and playable in a Toys R Us. I remember how blown my mind was...

                                                          • micah Kiker
                                                            micah Kiker  5 days back

                                                            I was 16 or 17 I took out a loan from the bank one of the things I bought was an N64 with Mario. Still have it in fact I have 3 of them lol.

                                                        • linkfucho
                                                          linkfucho  7 days back

                                                          RTX, VR, and beyond.... mental like the main control of games, quantum computing graphics, IA simulated on the NPC.

                                                          • Katelyn Stewart
                                                            Katelyn Stewart  7 days back

                                                            oh man would love an update to this to include recent games too!

                                                            • Tom B
                                                              Tom B  1 weeks back

                                                              Well Done

                                                              • Rob Farrow
                                                                Rob Farrow  1 weeks back

                                                                Indy nonsense?!? Opinion much?

                                                                • Warren Chisholm
                                                                  Warren Chisholm  1 weeks back

                                                                  Good video and well presented" cheers

                                                                  • DarthHater100
                                                                    DarthHater100  1 weeks back

                                                                    Nice fake Australian accent. You're not fooling anyone.

                                                                    • Andrew Borzilo
                                                                      Andrew Borzilo  1 weeks back

                                                                      Next generation is back to the voxel graphics I believe, but it requires next step in video memory size and speed.

                                                                      • Aki Badtrip
                                                                        Aki Badtrip  1 weeks back

                                                                        Watching this in 2019

                                                                        • Nythil
                                                                          Nythil  1 weeks back

                                                                          no daytona usa. quite disappointing tbh. still a fucking wonderful video though.

                                                                          • sgpigfkr
                                                                            sgpigfkr  1 weeks back

                                                                            this soooooooo nostalgic AND informative....thnx!!!!

                                                                            • Mark USA
                                                                              Mark USA  1 weeks back

                                                                              Warning LGBT colors are all over the place

                                                                              • Marty McFly
                                                                                Marty McFly  1 weeks back

                                                                                Technical content questionable.

                                                                                • Jane Cameron
                                                                                  Jane Cameron  1 weeks back

                                                                                  19:34 "Cyberpunk Racing" (!?) Hahaha! Cool. \o/

                                                                                  • J D
                                                                                    J D  1 weeks back

                                                                                    My Wii has almost all the games you mentioned from 1979-1995

                                                                                    • Jon Pirovsky
                                                                                      Jon Pirovsky  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Am I mistaken or there was no mention to bump mapping (and a lack of attention to texturing - low res to high res texturing makes a hell of a difference)? Considering its importance to modern graphics, i find it amazing that you forgot about it...

                                                                                      • Dee Rossii
                                                                                        Dee Rossii  1 weeks back

                                                                                        what if i don't want reality grafics, just wan't 2 play the game.

                                                                                        • Kasper Rubin
                                                                                          Kasper Rubin  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Get a board game with photorealistic visuals :)

                                                                                      • Jevi Loko
                                                                                        Jevi Loko  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Breve = 44 minutos

                                                                                        • snowmanwilly
                                                                                          snowmanwilly  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Is that narrator Captain John Price from COD4? :D I know it isn't, but he sounds like him

                                                                                          • hang-the-9
                                                                                            hang-the-9  1 weeks back

                                                                                            This brought back so many memories. Used to be late to 5th grade because I would stop to play Defender at a small shop in Brooklyn. After Hangon was released I kept the high score for that game the whole time it was in the arcade in my town. I remember the guy that was second best being there one time when I played and after I put my 3 letter name in he said "so you are the one I am trying to catch ". Playing in your house is not close to the old arcades for experience. You could play video games and be social with people.