On a cold morning on January 25, 1947 at the U.S. Patent Office, Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann submitted an invention that is now recognized as one of the earliest examples of the video game - the "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device". Described it as a game of skill where a player sits or lies in front of a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) mounted in a closet, the analog device was inspired by a radar commonly used in the second World War to control missiles. Using knobs to adjust speed and trajectory, a plane was represented by a single point and the scores were assigned by hand!
Gaming is always evolving, with the technology forever pushing the boundaries of what is possible. This means there's a heavy dose of nostalgia lurking inside all gamers of a certain age who once played Tetris and Pac-Man and now play Call of Duty and Halo. Retro gaming is big business, on eBay and beyond, and it isn't just about the games themselves but all the merchandise associated with them - even furniture, such as this Retro Alien Couch from designer Igor Chak.