Lord Of The Games
Home Beautiful|October 2021
Comedian David Smiedt takes an irreverent, but appreciative, look at the classic things that define you-beaut aussie life
Matt Cosgrove

It all changed in 1972. That year, the top album in Australia was Cat Stevens’ Teaser and the Firecat, we flocked to cinemas to see The Godfather, and Shane Gould brought home three gold medals from the Munich Olympics. Meanwhile, in our living rooms, a revolution was taking place whose echoes are still being felt today.

For the first time in Australian history, the word pong was moved from the bathroom to the lounge. It got a capital P, some nifty hardware and the television became interactive. Fast forward a few decades and video gaming is now a multi-billion industry here.

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