From their genesis in the development of computers after World War II to the ubiquity of mobile phones today, video games have had an extensive rise in a relatively short period of time. What started as the experimental hobbies of MIT students and US government scientists of the 1950s and 60s became a burgeoning industry with the emergence of home consoles and arcades in the 1970s. A market crash came in the early 1980s, but the revolutionary games and marketing of Nintendo saw the industry rebound and grow into the thriving, billion-dollar market that still exists today.
We’ve created a quiz to test your knowledge of their history and their cultural impact…do you know the story of early video and arcade games?
Featured Image credit: Pac-Man mosaic in Bilbao near the Guggenheim Museum, 2008. Kurtxio, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.