Video game trivia, part 2: On to the next level

A more difficult second quiz on video games: How they're made, their history, and where they stand in American culture today.

2. Pong's popularity led to so many clones that the industry collapsed in 1977. What game restored its popularity?

Spacewar! was a pioneering game developed by two MIT students in 1961, while Computer Space was a Pong predecessor. Space Invaders, a phenomenally successful shooter game developed by the Japanese company Taito, spawned the arcade industry that would dominate the next 10 years. When first released, it was so successful in Japan that it caused a temporary shortage of 100-yen coins.

Spacewar! was a pioneering game developed by two MIT students in 1961, while Computer Space was a Pong predecessor. Space Invaders, a phenomenally successful shooter game developed by the Japanese company Taito, spawned the arcade industry that would dominate the next 10 years. When first released, it was so successful in Japan that it caused a temporary shortage of 100-yen coins.

Spacewar! was a pioneering game developed by two MIT students in 1961, while Computer Space was a Pong predecessor. Space Invaders, a phenomenally successful shooter game developed by the Japanese company Taito, spawned the arcade industry that would dominate the next 10 years. When first released, it was so successful in Japan that it caused a temporary shortage of 100-yen coins.

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Spacewar!

 

Computer Space

 

Space Invaders

 
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