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Chapter I The Innovators

1.1 Spacewar!: It's Rocket Science

1.2 Pong: Easy to Learn, Hard to Master

1.3 Space Invaders: The Japanese Invasion

1.4 Zork: Sticking Graphics Where the Sun Don't Shine

1.5 MUD: Swords with Friends

1.6 Rogue: Procedural Generation

1.7 Maze War: The First First-Person Shooter?

Chapter 2 The Early Adopters

2.1 Pac-Man: Gamers Just Want to Have Lunch

2.2 Donkey Kong: Miyamoto's 800-Pound Gorilla

2.3 Pole Position: Where the Raster Hits the Road

2.4 Pitfall!: Activision's Fearless Fortune Hunter

2.5 Flight Simulator: The Sky's the Limit

2.6 Elite: The Stellar Sandbox

2.7 Pinball Construction Set: The Game of Games

2.8 King's Quest: From Peanuts to Palaces

2.9 Wizardry: A New Perspective on Computer

Role Playing

2.10 Ultima: The Virtues of an Avatar

Chapter 3 The Early Majority

3.1 Super Mario Bros.: Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom

3.2 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Future

3.3 Final Fantasy: Console Games Get a Level Up

3.4 Tetris: The Perfect Video Game?

3.5 Street Fighter II: The Arcade Comes Back Swinging

3.6 SimCity: A City of Silicon

3.7 Civilization: Just One More Turn

3.8 Pool of Radiance: The Gold Box Games

3.9 Wasteland: Hot, Mean, and Radioactive

Chapter 4The Late Majority

4.1 Dungeon Master: Real Time Hits the Big Time

4.2 Myst: Creating Worlds, One Tent at a Time

4.3 Doom: Profound Carnage

4.4 John Madden Football: The Greatest Play

4.5 Sonic the Hedgehog: Faster than a Portly Plumber

4.6 The Sims: The World's Most Profitable Ant Farm

4.7 Diablo: Click Click Boom

4.8 Starcraft: The ESport Zerg Rush

4.9 Pokemon: Gotta Catch'em All

4.10 Ultima Online: Persistence Pays Off

4.11 Super Mario 64: No Disc, No Problem

4.12 Tomb Raider: A 3D Platformer with Legs

4.13 Final Fantasy VII: The Legend of the Square Disc

4.14 Metal Gear Solid: Lights, Camera, Inaction!

4.15 Ocarina of Time: Miyamoto's Finest Hour

Chapter 5 The Laggards

5.1 Dance Dance Revolution: Konami Shakes Its Money Maker

5.2 Grand Theft Auto III: The Industry's Bad Boy

5.3 Halo: Combat Evolved: Spartans Never Die

5.4 Call of Duty: Wars with Friends

5.5 Half-Life 2 5.6 World of Warcraft: An MMORPG for the Masses 5.7 Wii Sports: Let Grandpa Teach You 5.8 Angry Birds: Slingshot to the Top 5.9 Minecraft: Let Them Build It, and They Will Play

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