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The History of Gaming - 1972 to Present All in a Single Graphic

Our friends at have compiled some wicked historical statistics in honor of the 45th anniversary of Atari's Pong. Simply titled "The History of Gaming", the graphic reveals some astonishing numbers including 27M Atari 2600 units were sold thanks to the inclusion of Asteroids. Pack-Man generated $2M for Nintendo and changed gaming forever. And how 'bout this one: The average gamer today is 35.

Pong, the first arcade game, was released way back in 1972 and it was only five years later that the first gaming console was released — the Atari 2600 with more than 27,600,000 units being sold. The console’s most popular game was released in 1979, Asteroids. The 80s brought about the infamous Pac-Man, which generated a revenue of more than $2 billion. It was also during the 80s that we are introduced to Donkey Kong, the Nintendo Entertainment System and John Madden’s Football for the PC.

A lot of gaming advancements take place in the 90s, but nothing extraordinary. We see the release of Super Nintendo, Mortal Kombat, Warcraft: Orc & Humans for PC, the first Sony PlayStation, and the Nintendo 64. Most gaming enthusiasts will agree that although we didn’t realize it at the time, that the release of the Sony PlayStation would go on to revolutionize the entire gaming industry.

Want to know more? Click the image below for the infographic and then head to to read the blog.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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