Playing video games in 1982 was a very different experience than what it is like to play them in 2013. While graphics have evolved from pixelated squares to photorealism, there is an element of gaming that has always stayed the same at the core: fun. No matter what controller we gripped, whether we played alone or with friends, at home or in an arcade, there was always the excitement of immersing in a new world and losing yourself to everything it had to offer.
This week begins the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, which is the event where all the major players in the industry show up to exhibit their new games and hardware. It also marks the start of a new console generation (technically the eighth since consoles started to become popular), which means a whole new wave of technology. Microsoft has already announced the Xbox One, a video game console that you don't even need a button to power on. You simply speak to it, and it does what you tell it to do.
As these incredibly advanced consoles hit the market, we look back at the evolution of home video game consoles and how they've affected our lives over the years. We've come a long way with this form of entertainment ... but it promises to go even further.