National Video Games Day Celebrated Today, Sept. 12

National Video Games Day falls on Sept. 12 every year, and as usual, many are celebrating the young, fast-growing industry by kicking back and playing some of their favorite games.

National Video Games Day is a chance to celebrate the relatively new industry by remembering just how far gaming has come; it's now more prevalent than ever, and comes in many forms. Previously, gaming was restricted to TVs across the world, video games can now be played almost anywhere. Along with standard systems like the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 are handhelds like the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

In addition, since the surge of smartphones, tablets, and apps with Apple's iPhone in 2007, many have become casual gamers, participating in Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Temple Run, and many, many others.

Though many recognize 1972 "Odyssey" as the first commercially recognized video game, it had predecessors, though they were much less technologically complicated. Thomas T. Goldsmith created the "Cathode ray tube Amusement Device" in 1947- it consisted of missiles fired at targets. Other early games were the NIMROD computer in 1951, OXO tic-tac-toe in 1952, and "Spacewar!" in 1961.

Now, many are celebrating the decades-old history of video games across the world.

"Good morning Wednesday. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, it's National Video Games Day. Game on!" tweeted James.

"National continue to be overweight & lazy America day RT @karizmatic_1: It's national video games day?" joked Bella in response to a friend.

Although 82 percent of gamers are over 18, many won't be able to play, however- work, school, and personal responsibility will prevent many from getting in as many games as they might like.

"Today is National Video Games day? Wahhh, my schedule is jammed," tweeted Christina after learning about the holiday.

For those too busy to play their favorite game today, July 8 is Video Games Day. Sept. 12 is also Chocolate Milkshake Day, Police Woman's Day, and Programmer's Day.