spacewar!

Genesis

The PDP-1, the computer upon which Spacewar (the first real video game) was made - all the way back in 1962. The game program was stored on 40 slips of punched paper, which were fed through the machine. 17 years later, Asteroids was based upon Spacewar.

Spacewar!

"Dan Edwards (left) and Peter Samson playing Spacewar! on the PDP-1 Type 30 display."

circa 1962.

There is a lot of discussion about what counts as the first video game. Some say Spacewar! (programmed by Steve Russell) is the first. Others claim it is the second. Some do not even put it in the first five games ever made. It is really hard to define them based on what we now know as video games. One thing is clear however, Spacewar! is a shmup and It is the very first one (featuring commendable Newtonian Physics at that).

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"The museum’s bottom level, located in the planet core, was a spherical room containing a shrine to the very first videogame, Tennis for Two, invented by William Higinbotham in 1958. The game ran on an ancient analog computer and was played on a tiny oscilloscope screen about five inches in diameter. Next to it was a replica of an ancient PDP-1 computer running a copy of Spacewar!, the second videogame ever made, created by a bunch of students at MIT in 1962."

A list of every video game ever made: 43,806 names, and counting

It’s 43,806 names long, and it’s not even close to being finished.

It’s a project to name every single video game, ever made, for every platform. Pastebin user Data_Baser is leading the project, with help from 4chan’s /vr/ retro games board. And it aims to be comprehensive, including not just arcade, console or PC releases, but video games made for mobile platforms, browser-based games, and visual novels.

So far, the oldest entries are for Computer Space and Galaxy Game (pictured), both class of 1971. Early examples of video games, such as Spacewar! (developed in 1962 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) or Tennis for Two (1958, at Brookhaven National Laboratory) are not in the roll call.

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Duel Analog: SpaceWar! vs. Angry Birds

Colin’s new column over on Motherboard inspired by our very own post on Assassin’s Creed vs. Sonic the Hedgehog a few weeks back. Duel Analog compares two seemingly disparate videogames, showing their differences and often radical similarities, spanning the entire history of gaming.

This week we talk about evolution vs. revolution with Spacewar! vs. Angry Birds. Two games with surprising parallels, conveniently bookending videogame history today.
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/duel-analog-spacewar-vs-angry-birds 

Stay tuned to Motherboard for more Duel Analog columns in 2013!

Spacewar! for the PDP-1

Spacewar! for the PDP-1

Spacewar! for the PDP-1 is now officially the oldest video game I have ever played, thanks to it being brought back to life in an emulator over at the Internet Archive.

The great-grandfather app of many games, including the Space Wars arcade game from the 70s, the emulator simulates as much of the PDP-1 experience as possible, including blinky lights.

Spacewar! Loaded!

Of course, it is raw… and…

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The Evolution of Video Games

The following RAR file is a Powerpoint presentation of a panel I did at a local convention this past November. It covers the past 50 years of gaming, from Pre-Atari to the Current 8th Generation of Consoles.

I have provided my own notes to better help explain the things I present to you within my Powerpoint.

Feel free to provide any feedback.

http://www.filedropper.com/evolution_2