IGN: Gamer Decades: The 1970s

In the 1970s, videogames were slowly making their way out of university labs and into the hands of consumers. The first games were created on room-sized mainframe computers with price tags in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but over the course of ten years that began to shrink. It didn't take long for the scale to reach a point where gamers could get their fix on systems the size of a bread box for 200 bucks. The home videogame market had begun.

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