Early Home Video Game History

Video games first entered the home in the early 1970s as inventors, programmers, and designers developed new ways to play with a television. Fueled in part by the creation of video game cartridge and home versions of hit arcade games such as Space Invaders and Pac-Man, in just over a decade home video games invaded millions of living rooms and forever changed the way we interact with our TVs.  

The Strong’s Early Home Video Game History: Making Television Play online exhibit draws on artifacts from the museum’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games and Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play to explore the burgeoning home video game industry.

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