Video games: Making millions, 25 cents at a time
In October 1958, physicist William Higinbotham developed Tennis for Two, a basic, monochromatic game played on an oscilloscope. It took almost 20 years before computer games could be produced for consumers. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and others captured imaginations, gobbled up quarters and offered an exciting and accessible new pastime. The CBC Digital Archives looks back on the early days of video games in North America and the birth of a cultural phenomenon.
Program: The Fifth Estate
Broadcast Date: Nov. 23, 1982
Guest(s): Ed Bosso, Craig Hubey, Eugene Jarvis
Reporter: Hana Gartner
Last updated: September 18, 2013
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