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Evolution of Soccer Video Games From 1980-2010: Video

atari video game system Evolution of Soccer Video Games From 1980 2010: VideoIt’s incredible to consider how soccer video games have evolved from the early 1980s to the latest versions of FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. The realism of today’s games blows everything away from the past, but it’s important to consider where we came from to better appreciate today. Even if the graphics of old games weren’t as pristine as today, the playability in many ways was easier and more fun.

Take a journey with us back in time from 1980 to 2010 to view highlights of the soccer video games that we spent hours playing:

Intellivision Commercial featuring the ‘Incredible Realism’ of Intellivision Soccer (1980)

Atari Soccer (1980)

Championship Soccer for the Atari 2600 (1980)

Atari 2600 RealSports Soccer (1983)

NES Soccer (1985)

Nintendo World Cup (1990)

Sensible Soccer – Amiga (1992)

FIFA International Soccer (1994)

Winning Eleven 1 (1995)

International Superstar Soccer ’98 – Nintendo 64 (1998)

PES 5 / Winning Eleven 9 – PS2 (2005)

2010 FIFA World Cup – PS3/Xbox360 (2010)

FIFA 2011 HD gameplay (2010)

Special tip of the hat to The Best Eleven for the initial idea and several of the videos.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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