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The Video Game Revolution & Popular Culture | Power Up Gaming
Once upon a time, video game culture was confined to dingy arcades with adolescent boys huddled around a Space Invaders cabinet or spending hours in their bedrooms programming endless reams of code into a ZX Spectrum to create games of their own. The situation today could not be more different. The computer and video games market is more profitable than the movie industry and video gaming is a genuine, recognised pastime for all the family alongside going to the cinema or watching television. Gaming is now truly a central part of popular culture. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, a series of iconic video game characters helped to usher in this revolution, especially with the advent of massively popular home consoles such as the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo. Such was their impact that they are recognisable to people on the street, who take only a passing interest in video gaming. Here, we will look at a few of the main characters responsible for this shift in thinking. Lara