Video games have been around since the early 1970s. The first commercial arcade video
game, Computer Space by Nutting Associates, was introduced in 1971. In 1972, Atari
introduced Pong to the arcades. An interesting item to note is that Atari was formed
by Nolan Bushnell, the man who developed Computer Space. He left Nutting Associates
to found Atari, which then produced Pong, the first truly successful commercial arcade
Golden Age Of Gaming
The golden age of arcade video games was the era when arcade video games entered
pop culture and became a dominant cultural force. The exact time period is disputed,
but key moments include the release of Space Invaders in 1978 and the vector-based
Asteroids in 1979—moments made possible by the increase in power and decrease in
cost of computing technology. This led to the rise of both video game arcades and
video games in other media, such as songs, cartoons, and movies like 1982's TRON.
Other iconic games from this era include Pac-Man, Defender, Donkey Kong, and Centipede.
Rise of Gaming
The last major first-party game for the NES, Super Mario Bros. 3, was released in
early 1990, and went on to sell over 18 million units. ... In August 1991, the Super
Famicom was launched in the US under the name "Super Nintendo Entertainment System"
(SNES), followed by Europe in 1992.