Whether it’s Pong, Super Mario Bros., or Fortnite, there’s something about playing your first video game that captures the imagination. Competition, active participation, and immersion in a new world have been hallmarks of the video game industry since its very beginning. Modern technology has helped create a Rampage-like gorilla of an industry, ringing up more than US$175 billion in sales in 2020. (For children of the 1980s, who furiously pumped coins into arcade cabinets, that’s a whopping 700 billion quarters!) However, it was the ingenuity and conviction of the progenitors of video games that got the proverbial trackball rolling.
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