Geeks. Nerds. Slackers. Gamers have been called a lot of things over the years but the latest title might come as a bit of a surprise – mainstream. 40 years in the making, the video game industry shows no signs of slowing down and while mobile gaming is all the rage they owe, at least in part, their social acceptance to the video consoles that blazed the path to mainstream acceptance. Our timeline highlights the relationship of sales and gaming acceptance to the release of consoles and specific gaming devices.