1972 It begins: Pong is invented
1978 Space Invaders blips its way into arcades everywhere
1977 The Atari 2600 game system sells millions of units and brings arcade action home
1980 Pac-Man released
1982 First hit song based on a video game, Pac-Man Fever: "I got a pocket full of quarters ..."
1981 First all-video game magazine: Electronic Games
1982 Video games first appear on the cover of TIME
1982 Tron, the first movie about video games, tanks at the box office
1983 E.T. becomes a video game --and flops
1983 A-list athletes star in games like Julius Erving & Larry...