Dust off that old Nintendo and haul your prized collection of games out of the closet. National Video Game Day happens to be today, July 8! (Its cousin, National Video Games Day, is September 12.)

How this day came to be marked is not known, but the gaming has evolved into a full blown multi-billion market with many new games added.

When many of us were kids, we did not have that many options to keep us entertained indoors, except for video games that we were allowed to play occasionally. The very first video game ever invented involved simple table tennis, but now there are many types of games like action, action-adventure, adventure, role playing, simulation, strategy, sports, puzzles and many more.

The games have evolved over the years and now there are more options available that keep children and grownups occupied for hours on end.

Primarily used for recreational purposes (although professional gaming leagues do, in fact, exist), video games have exploded in popularity over the last few decades. They’re exciting, invigorating, and today, there are over five million games in existence. From high-speed racing adventures to perilous virtual dueling matches, there’s a genre for everyone to enjoy.

Video Games Day celebrates popular video games that stormed onto the market, and changed the way your kids play games.

Today, take some time to appreciate the technological achievements of the video game industry. Think about how far we’ve come since the days of the original Nintendo and Game Boy. Today’s games have advanced special effects and diversified themes that appeal to almost everyone.