The computer game industry has come far, from the days of Spacewar in the 1960s. The then graphics were not as refined as today, and most features were not comprehensive. The early 1970s saw a change in consumer-ready computer game hardware with the first game console, Magnavox Odyssey. However, lack of innovation led to a market contraction in the late 70s.
The 1980s became the golden age of arcade games, with titles such as Pac-Man and Space invaders being most popular. The Japanese video game industry started booming in the mid-80s, with Nintendo releasing various titles. Sega joined the game, competing with Nintendo for the better part of the 90s.
Advances in technology and innovation saw the entry of Microsoft (Xbox) and Sony (PlayStation) into the market. Currently, the industry has shifted to include mobile games.