Getting serious about gaming

Video games made their debut in arcades across America in the 1970s. Soon, millions of people were plugging quarters into massive consoles to play favorites such as "Pong," "Space Invaders" and "Pac-Man."

Like the rest of the computer industry, gaming has undergone a technological revolution in the past few decades. Today's home game consoles–like Microsoft's Xbox, the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo's Wii–pack big computing power into small devices, allowing gamers to enjoy powerful graphics, booming audio and amazingly lifelike simulations.

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