With the medium of video games being validated as a true and proper art form at the MOMA, it's good to remember our history when talking about where gaming has come from.
Hip hop and modern video games are practically the same age. Contemporary gaming culture, Atari, NES, arcade culture, and the rise of home systems all coincide with the rise of rap and hip hop. The late 70s and early 80s was a heady, fertile time for the two art forms that were establishing their cultural identities.
Maybe that's why rap's love affair with video games is so well documented. Watch this video take us through the history of video games through the rap songs that sampled them. Pac-Man to Final Fantasy VIII via Mad Lib and Lil' Wayne. Watch and let us know what you think on Twitter.