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.
PHOTOS: A history of video games