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Atari to Natal, a history of video games

1980 An icon of pop culture, Pac-Man is


An icon of pop culture, Pac-Man is released in mass to public arcades.

The player controls Pac-Man through a maze, trying to eat all the dots. In the meantime four ghosts simultaneously scour the maze trying eat Pac-Man himself. Photo Credit: NEWSDAY/JULIA GAINES

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

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