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1981 SPECIAL REPORT: “VIDEO GAMES”

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The history of video games goes as far back as the early 1950s, when academic computer scientists began designing simple games and simulations as part of their research. Video gaming did not reach mainstream popularity until the 1970s and 1980s, when video arcade games and gaming consoles using joysticks, buttons, and other controllers, along with graphics on computer screens and home computer games were introduced to the general public. Since the 1980s, video gaming has become a popular form of entertainment and a part of modern popular culture in most parts of the world. One of the early games was Spacewar!, which was developed by computer scientists. Early arcade video games developed from 1972 to 1978. During the 1970s, the first generation of home consoles emerged, including the popular game Pong and various “clones”. The 1970s was also the era of mainframe computer games. The golden age of arcade video games was from 1978 to 1982. Video arcades with large, graphics-decorated coin-operated machines were common at malls and popular, affordable home consoles such as the Atari 2600 and Intellivision enabled people to play games on their home TVs. During the 1980s, gaming computers, early online gaming and handheld LCD games emerged; this era was affected by the video game crash of 1983. From 1976 to 1992, the second generation of video consoles emerged.

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  2. Video games are here to stay…2019 The arcade may be a thing of the past but personal console and computer games are still bigtime word to Fortnite

  3. I played 2 arcade games in the early to mid 80s called Popeye and Zaxxon and was an expert. I'd hate to think how much money I spent. Today my son plays Fortnite and even though he plays too much he doesn't spend anywhere near as much time and money on it as I did in the arcade!!

  4. This VIDEO inspired the movie – "PIXELS" !!!

  5. I was 9 going on 10 years old in 1981 , and I can relate to this Video 100% , because i myself was a VIDEO GAME JUNKIE lol…… And now im 47 going on 48 in 2019 , and after all these years IM STILL A VIDEO GAME JUNKIE !!!!!! 🙁

  6. Street Fighter 2 The World Warrior is the GREATEST GAME EVER!!!👊👊👊

  7. We've gone full circle with the retro gaming phenomena. The games that started the video game industry are hugely popular again today. I'm having a blast playing all the classics again. I just don't have to ride my bike to the arcade anymore, I have a homemade console with several hundred classic games loaded on SD cards.

  8. Check out the dev kit at 11:19. Asteroids Deluxe being made, caught on film.

  9. I thought the Muppet show aired on Saturdays nights

  10. Galaga, Ms Pacman and later came Gladiator. The Omni's Goldmine in Atlanta was the best spot. I was 12 and a wiz at Ms Pacman. My highest score was 350,000

  11. When I was young, I was obsessed with video games, spending all my money in arcade in early 80s, spending all my money on consoles until early 90s (switched to PC after that). I wonder if these young people in the report still play games like me.

  12. "A 26 year old married man poses as a teenager and goes back to highschool"

    Mmmm not sure that would be accepted quite so readily today

  13. Cant believe they tried to limit how many games could be in the town?

  14. 1981 had two kinds of addictions- cocaine and video games

  15. 12:06 Chick's the only one who says video games are just another fad. If only…

  16. This video is brilliant and a good look back to how things were and how they started

  17. Crazy that those people were trying to pass an ordinance to limit the number of operational arcade machines in the county, because a shop across the street from school had installed three of them.
    When I was in high school, a few years ago, people were playing on their cellphones, inside school. Some of them were audacious enough to play during class.
    That's why I love watching these videos, they're a trip.

  18. I’m here because my drama teacher sent me here.

  19. Me searching if me Drama teacher is in the comment

  20. At the 5:15 minute mark check out the girly poster on the wall that the nerd put up LOL.

  21. I like how it also shows the commercials

  22. Wait! I want to know more about the guy going back to high school.

  23. I was born 1980 and my memory of 1980's very vivid and Im still old school 100%. I miss these days the 80's Era. My first video game in 1986 was Sega Master System and my first video game was "Alex the Kidd'' . Wow thanks Hezakya for this rare upload. This bring tears to my eyes 🙁 Wow so much memories and I'll admit, Im very emotional because I feel like Im a kid again watching this and going back in time in the 1980's.

  24. This is why so many children are now morbidly obese. They sit for hours with no exercise and eat massive amounts of junk food. 😑

  25. 6:55: I love it when they played "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" in the arcade place with the thing lighting or kinda dark era inside of the arcade, and also. I never thot that music came out in the early 80's and specially in 1981, that's insane to me

  26. I just hope one day soon or sooner. I bring back arcades, so people can socialize alot an fun with each other like back in the early 80's, like a hang out place, were alot of great time's happened alot, like on the weekends especially, bringing the arcade back in the 2020's era after the epidemic is over so people can get out n hang out, like in the arcades

  27. I wonder where are these arcade people now.

  28. just a 2000s kid randomly here lmao
    idk I really love the 80s vibes

  29. If only Jeffrey Dahmer had a video game to play he wouldn’t of eaten so many people just saying video games are helpful to so many.

  30. That name typed on the video is annoyingly distracting, lol

  31. Only in America would people be more concerned about games that guns.

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