Video Games have been around since 1962 and I got thinking about the myriad ways they’ve been delivered to players. The list below is a comprehensive collection based on my research and is shared as a repository that others may find interesting.
There are three broad categories of delivery: location, format, and style.
Delivery via location (physical to digital):
Coin up / Arcades
Retail / Consumer purchase (computers and consoles)
BBS / Dial-in Service
Online / Digital download
Delivery Format (physical to digital):
Server repository (computers)
Printed code that you input (computers)
Diskettes/CD/DVD (consoles, computers)
Digital download (consoles, computers, smart-phones)
Delivery Style (continuation & content):
Persistence / MMO