1982: CBC-TV Explores the Video Game Boom
By James Grahame
Twenty-six years ago, CBC-TV's The Fifth Estate ran a revealing segment on the booming arcade industry. They argued that the multi-billion dollar success of games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong was due to escapism and the illusion of power granted by video games. This clip offers a peek at the industry at the height of the arcade era -- including an interview with Eugene Jarvis, the coder behind Defender, Stargate and Robotron: 2084.
The few billion dollars earned in the early 1980s pales in comparison to the modern gaming industry, which saw astounding US sales of $17.9 billion in 2007. One big difference is that modern gaming has firmly shifted away from grungy smoke-filled arcades and into the home.
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