How did video games go from Pong to pwning prostitutes?

The video game revolution has been underway for decades, progressing from simple amusements created in the 1950s to a pop culture force that rivals film and television. Explore the past, present and future of video games in these clips.

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Rise of the Video Game: Conflict Gaming

Since 9/11, private game developers produced a plethora of military themed video games. Lean more about gaming on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."


Since 9/11, private game developers produced a plethora of military themed video games. Lean more about gaming on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."
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Rise of the Video Game: Conflict Gaming

First person shooter games have been developed worldwide with varying cultural themes. Games such as "Under Siege," allows players to reenact the first Intifada from the Palestinian perspective. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."
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Rise of the Video Game: Cultural War Games

In the early 1990s, "Doom" revolutionized the first person shooter genre with enhanced 3D graphics, weapons and more levels of game play. Learn more about "Doom" on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."
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Rise of the Video Game: Doom

The first flight simulator was used as a toy. However, the military developed and used simulators as training tools for war. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."
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Rise of the Video Game: Flight Simulator

Learn the history of video game development by studying the first space wars game.
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Rise of the Video Game: Making a Space War

Learn the history of the development of the first Nintendo video game.
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Rise of the Video Game: Mario Born

Learn the history of the blockbuster video game, Space Invaders.
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Rise of the Video Game: Space Invaders

With the development of virtual therapy, video game technology entered a new frontier. Learn more about virtual therapy on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."
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Rise of the Video Game: Virtual Therapy

Experience the birth of the modern first person shooter game with "Castle Wolfenstein 3-D." This game pioneered a new style of game play. Learn more about 3D video games on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."
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Rise of the Video Game: Wolfenstein 3D

In the 1980s, Atari's Battlezone was the first videogame to use 3D technology and sparked interest from the United States military. Learn more about Battlezone on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Videogame."
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Rise of the Videogame: Atari's Battlezone

In the 1990s, video game 3D technology leaped forward with the help of the personal computer. Video games moved from the third person to the first person perspective. Learn more about 3D videogames on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Videogame."
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Rise of the Videogame: First Person Shooting

On Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Videogame," learn how a collaboration between the government and a private gaming company gave birth to Full Spectrum Warrior, a military simulation game.
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Rise of the Videogame: Full Spectrum Warrior

With "JFK Reloaded," first person shooter games become more shocking than ever. "JFK Reloaded" was a simulation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy from Lee Harvey Oswald's point of view. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Videogame."
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Rise of the Videogame: JFK Reloaded

Ralph Baer, the creator of Pong, reminisces about the creation of the first video game in this video from Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Video Game."
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Rise of the Videogame: Ralph Baer

3D video games took flight with "Rescue on Fractalus" by LucasArts. Learn more about "Rescue on Fractalus!" and first person shooters on Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Videogame."
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Rise of the Videogame: Rescue on Fractalus

Learn about the rise of MMORPGs -- Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games -- in this video from the Discovery Channel series "Rise of the Videogame."
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Rise of the Videogame: Rise of the MMORPG

On Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Videogame", video game developers exploit wars to create military-themed games.
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Rise of the Videogame: Shock and Awe

On Discovery Channel's "Rise of the Videogame," learn how first person shooter games changed the landscape for virtual military training. Virtual war training is used worldwide, and it is speculated that future wars will feature video game technology.
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Rise of the Videogame: War Simulation

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