The Arcade era
Ok then, the first arcade game known as 'Computer Space' was made in 1971 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. (Based on Steve Russell’s earlier game Spacewar)
A year later Nolan Bushnell along with the help of Al Alcorn decided to create an arcade version of ‘Pong’. In that same year Nolan and Ted started Atari Computers.
In 1972 Ralph Baer designed ‘The Odyssey’ and was released by Magnavox. This was the very first commercial video game console that was designed for the home. It also came programmed with 12 games.
Four years on and Fairchild released the first programmable home video console, the called it (wait for it..........)
Fair Child Video Entertainment System (what the hell were they thinking) luckily they changed the name to Channel 7 (still who the hell would call a computer console Channel 7). This was the first computer games console to use the microchip.
In June 1980 Atari’s ‘Asteroids’ and ‘Lunar Lander’ were the first two games to ever be registered in the copyright office.