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Early consoles and home computers worked with extremely limited firepower. In those days, not only was the hardware less capable, there really wasn't room for expandability to make machines like the Commodore VIC-20 or Famicom more capable. Or wasn't there?

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When it first appeared in 1984, Montezuma's Revenge was considered one of the most challenging video games to appear on a gaming console. Now, in an effort to help machines learn more efficiently, AI researchers have created an algorithm that actually motivates the hero of this classic video game in some very important ways — and it's surprisingly effective.

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If there ever was a strong case for a false advertising lawsuit, it would involve the box art that accompanied the countless video games released in the '80s. Rarely did the artwork match the visuals in the actual game, but instead of taking companies like Atari to court, artist Dan Polydoris has turned the characters on the boxes into actual action figures.

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Image Cache: This picture represents over 30 years of progress in video game graphics. And my, how far we've come. On one side, we have Indiana Jones in the video game version of Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Atari 2600. On the other side, we have Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4 on the PS4. We'll let you guess which side is which.

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It's terrifying how long video games have actually existed. Utterly terrifying. Even more terrifying (and hilarious) are the commercials used to sell video games. Just for fun I decided to trail back through history to unearth almost a commercial for almost every single home console ever released. From the Magnavox Odyssey to the PlayStation 4 and everything inbetween: this is the history of video games in commercial form. Enjoy!

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Forget your old Game Boy, Game Gear, or even your smartphone; when it comes to compact gaming hardware, Adam from SheekGeek's got everyone beat. Using the tiny display from an old Sony viewfinder and an all-in-one Atari joystick, he created what is easily the world's smallest game console, putting even a Tamagotchi to shame.

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Your Christmas tree says as much about you as it does your love for the holidays. So this year why not skip the traditional ornaments like glass bulbs and shiny stars and go for something that will bring real character to your tree? If you've been a gamer for as long as you can remember, ThinkGeek's got a $US20 set of classic controller ornaments that pays tribute to the game consoles you probably received as gifts during Christmases gone by.

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Ah Pong. The father of games, the granddaddy of them all. Where it all began, the start of something special, the birth of video games as we know them — please stop me if you’re getting bored — the game that started a revolution, the one where... alright, I've ran out of clichés. It’s Pong. One of the first games ever made. And now you can play it at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5, multi-touch and multiplayer support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in Internet Explorer 9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.

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The original Breakout may actually rank as one of the most cloned games ever made. Super Breakout is not a clone, it’s a proper sequel, and it's so good that you’ll find brand new games created today that follow its timeless template. Now you can play it at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5 and multi-touch support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in Internet Explorer 9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.

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Combat was actually one of the nine launch titles for the Atari 2600 when it arrived all the way back in 1977, so it's only fitting that it made the cut for our LunchtimeWaster Atari series. Combat was an insanely varied game for its time, boasting 27 games in one. Now you can play it at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5, multi-touch and multiplayer support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in Internet Explorer 9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.

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Centipede was released in 1981 and, interestingly enough, was one of the first games to be co-designed by a woman, Dona Bailey. We love this quote from her, about the game: "I always thought it was really beautiful, like a shimmering jewel when you walked into the arcade." Wow. Now you can play it at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5, multi-touch and multiplayer support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in any other modern browser.

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Fun fact: Yars' Revenge was actually created by the man who created the infamous E.T. game for the Atari 2600. Thankfully, Yars' Revenge is much, much better, and you can play it right now at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5, multi-touch and multiplayer support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in any other modern browser.