Classic Gamer Magazine: The birth of video games began with a couple of kids standing around in a soda place playing Pong. What would you say was the defining moment in history that transformed video games from being a casual, almost obscure, pastime to one that has made a cultural impact on society in much the same way as movies have?

Don Thomas: I find that question very hard to answer because I believe that moment was when kids could play Pong while standing around drinking a soda. Some may say that moment was when color was introduced to video games, or when vector graphics illuminated the industry with new possibilities, or
when video gaming was brought home. Personally, I don’t think video games have reached the same pinnacle as movies have. The movie industry has matured enough to realize that they are a much more powerful force working together. There are many organizations that unify the distribution process, the performers, and the studios. On the other hand, the video game industry continues to be full of companies all doing their own thing without much unified bond. There are no spectacular awards shows. No one cares what the best programmers are doing or who is marrying who. New releases are never launched with the dazzle of spotlights and the elegance of the silver screen.

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