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In 1958 the first video game was made and was on display at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. It was called "Tennis for Two". It wouldn't be until 1961 that video games would be available for use at homes. The first video game that was available to the public was Spacewar! This game put two human controlled spacecrafts against each other while capable of shooting missiles. In 1972 Atari was founded and they made the fist successful arcade game, Pong. Pong involved two players controlling two paddles that would hit a ball back and forth. Following Pong, Atari released Space Invaders and Asteroids in the late 1970's. It wasn't until 1980 that the first handheld game was available. It was Game & Watch created by Nintendo and was the first to use an LCD screen. It was three years later that the video game "crash" occurred. Many companies went bankrupt and that led to poor video game releases such as E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It sold so badly that Atari had to bury thousands of the game cartridges in a landfill in New Mexico. It was also reported that during that year there were more Pac-Man games made than Atari consoles. It wasn't until 1985 the video game crash was over. Nintendo revealed their brand new system, the NES. This was the first gaming system the Super Mario Bros. appeared on. The next year would be know as one of the most significant years due to the release of several historic series. Nintendo released Legend of Zelda followed by Dragon Quest. Sony's gaming company, Square, was struggling and decided to release one final game called Final Fantasy. This later became one of the greatest RPG series of all time. This was followed by Metal Gear Solid the following year. This gave way to the next big console wave known as the fifth generation of gaming consoles. Sony released the Playstation and Nintendo released the N64. Both consoles did very well in both North America and in Japan despite having very few titles available at launch. The game to have for the N64 was Super Mario 64 which defined 3D platforming games. Several years later, GoldenEye was released being the first major first-person shooter that was exclusive to a console, and for the creation of certain features that became staples of the genre, such as scopes, headshots, and objective-based missions. In the same year, Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time was released which is regarded as the best game of all time. And that brings us to this generation which can be found in modern games.

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