Video Games in Popular Culture: an Exposition Essay

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Imagine for a moment, a world of death. For 200 years your family has been sealed away with a thousand other people, to protect you from the dangers outside. Now your father has disappeared, and it’s up to you to find him. After a harrowing escape from your subterranean home, you walk through a tunnel to the outside world, past dead bodies, stretched out in front of the door, as if to say “don’t leave us out here to die!” As you walk through the gate to the outside, and as your eyes slowly adjust to the sun you have never seen, a wasteland emerges before you. The world is devastated, destroyed and annihilated. Broken twisted hunks of metal lie next to a sign on the side of the mountain saying “scenic overlook” on your right, the broken…show more content…
This video game was actually backed by the department of Energy, and used an oscilloscope (an electric testing device, commonly used to detect brainwaves or cardiac pulses) as the display. The 1960’s gave rise to one of the first widely acceptable titles, “Spacewar!” along with the invention of the light gun. However, when the 1970’s arrived, video games began to take off. In 1971 Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney created a coin operated version of “Spacewar!” Called “Computer Space.” These two men would later found Atari in 1972. The first game published by Atari was also the first video game to garner media attention, the insanely popular “PONG.” “PONG” was a major turning point in the industry, but it was the Taito Corporation that ushered in the “golden age of arcade games” with “Space Invaders” in 1978. The 1970’s also saw the rise of the first video game consoles, with the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.
The 1980’s is when the video game industry began to take off in earnest. In 1977 came the Atari 2600. Intellivision came next, introduced by Mattel in 1980. Intellivision, which featured better graphics compared to the older Atari 2600, became very popular. The ColecoVision, the most powerful console to date, appeared in 1982. Like the others, its sales also grew. However, having three major consoles on the market, a

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