Fifty years later, video game pioneer Steve Russell shows off Spacewar! (video interview)

Back in 1961, Steve Russell was toying around with electronics at the Tech Model Railroad Club at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He created a game called Spacewar!, an early computer game that ignited interest in computer video games. Over time, Russell’s invention spawned copycat games such as Computer Space, Space War, and Asteroids. The latter was a huge hit in the arcades.