Atari to Oculus Rift, a history of video games

1961 Massachusetts Institute of Technology student Steve Russell


Massachusetts Institute of Technology student Steve Russell creates Spacewar! It is considered the first interactive video game.

The basic gameplay involves two spaceships, each controlled by human players, attempting to shoot each other while being pulled to the center by the gravity of a killer star. Each ship had a limited number of missiles and a limited supply of fuel. (Credit:

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Pong, Frogger, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Spore -- video games have as rich of a history as any other industry or cultural institution.

They have also been been blamed as a reason for violence in teenagers, yet also credited as a source of creativity for musicians, film makers, and technology gurus.

The world of video games continues to evolve. By reading about the past, perhaps we'll also get a glimpse of the future.

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