High Snobriety writer Christian Prieto recently came out with an interesting look back at the (actually kind of incredible if you think about it) evolution of sports video game graphics from the field’s more-or-less starting point in the 1980s all the way up to the hyperrealistic graphics in today’s sports games like the Madden NFL series.
The piece starts with One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird, the Atari 7800 basketball game that had only two pixelated players: You guessed it, Dr. J and Larry Bird. It then hops into the late 80s with Tecmo Bowl, and from there it’s just a matter of time before we reach the near photo-realism of sports video game graphics today.
You can check out the pictures collected by Prieto covering the history of sports games up top, and read his original (an informative and fun read) piece here. Then for a real mindblower, imagine what video game graphics will be like 30 years from now.