Look Up Another Term

Definition: video game

Interactive software that is used for entertainment, role playing and simulation. Played on a specialized device (see video game console), mobile device or personal computer, video games have become extremely realistic, not only in their graphics and animation, but in their themes. See CRPG, Wii, Xbox, PlayStation, Steam and simulator.

Magnavox Odyssey - First Video Game
Just black and white and up and down, but people were nevertheless excited to play ping pong on their TVs in 1972. Invented by Ralph Baer, the Odyssey was inspiration for Atari's Pong arcade game. (Image courtesy of the Online Odyssey Museum, www.magnavox-odyssey.com)

Sega Arcade Game
Made in the late 1980s, the joy stick simulating an F-14 Tomcat jet was used to eliminate enemy planes. In 2015, this old unit was a give-away (last line says "But, you gotta get me out").