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The genre of sports games lives and thrives over the long history of computer games, the genre of sports games has always been a popular topic for both gamers and game creators because of their great love for the sport itself in real life.
One of the first sports simulators, that popularized this genre was released in 1972 by Atari. They made a game about table tennis and called it short and simple — Pong. The successful experience of Atari opened the way to new ideas and soon began a real breakthrough in the field of sports simulators. And interest in them among the players has not faded to this day.
Sports games are released every year, but it is quite difficult to compete in popularity with AAA games that surprise with well-designed scenarios and new gameplays. However, these games have found their fanbase, the same fans of football, hockey, basketball and many other games in reality.
In 1993, a memorial event happened: FIFA International Soccer appeared on the shelves. Who would have thought that the main football series would grow out of this game? And although it was not the first football simulator, it brought an entire era of games to this genre. The first version of FIFA had decent graphics, advanced ball physics, and unexpected financial success.
And it would seem that this series of games is quite far away from other games, as in 2001, the main rival came into the game - Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). In the end, after the main war between two titans, they are the only names left in the world of virtual football - PES and FIFA. But no one is complaining, because they give the player everything he needs: some like the arcade and fast gameplay of FIFA, while others like the more tactical and realistic gameplay of PES, and none of them need more.
Unlike football, there was no war as such in the virtual hockey category. Let's start with the fact that one of the first successful games of the genre of sports simulator hockey was developed and released by Nintendo exclusively for their game console NES in March 1988. From this moment, we can say that hockey in the gaming industry began to gain fans among both console owners and PC owners. However, today games are released exclusively on the PlayStation and Xbox, because the gamepad is more comfortable and interesting to play, which allows you to play with friends and score goals to each other with fun and joy.
Not so many memorable basketball simulators were in the early ‘90s. However, there was one game that had a huge success, giving rise to a whole genre in the "highlights" mode, which was later used in other sports games. The name of this game is NBA Jam, which was released by the American company Midway in 1993.
And the story didn't end there but continued today with the games of the NBA 2K series from another American company 2K. NBA 2k19 simulator, which was released on September 11, 2018, is the best basketball game of all time, which was able to bring people together in virtual reality to create an eSports League that is exciting and cool in the real world.
MMA and Boxing
Undoubtedly, sports simulators are not bypassed martial arts. Everyone wants to dive into this harsh sport and go through the hard way of becoming a champion. But not everyone wants to experience all this on their own body, in what such games help. Successful games such as Fight Night 2004 from EA Sports for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox have increased the level of interest in world boxing. Which was already experiencing its rise, especially, thanks to the movies about Rocky Balboa. Also, on September 28, 2004, Ubisoft released the game Rocky Legends for consoles, in which you can try yourself as Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago and James Lang.
Mixed martial arts, as a fairly young sport, not so long ago came to the gaming industry. Released in 2000, the game Ultimate Fighting Championship, which refers us to the existing organization, was warmly received and gave rise to the popularity of this genre of video games. The real popularity was brought by the UFC organization itself and the eponymous series of games from Electronic Arts. Many people wanted to try themselves as Jon Jones, Dustin Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov and many other UFC Champions.
Of course, in addition to the most popular sports, other games have been released in the gaming industry. For example, the light saw one of the coolest games about the tennis - Tennis World Tour, which was released by Nacon on May 22, 2018. In addition to tennis, volleyball, swimming, figure skating, and even chess have entered the world of games. However, so far they haven't been able to find that great success but be assured, they have found their fans all around the world.
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