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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Computer game history

I cannot help respecting Sir. Steve Russell and their ambition and sense of humor, which made the early computer game called Spacewar! In those days, computers must have been never personal at all!!! Awesome! This is the beginning of the concept “hacking”, I think. Since I have learned the first computer graphics is “Sketch pad” by Sir. Ivan Sutherland, I feel, something like “hacking” prior to “researching”. Of course I know we can’t compare them.

I like his nice smiling while he is gesturing “realistic”.

In addition, some Japanese famous games, packman and Mario, are also introduced. Those are proud of Japan :)

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Next gen satellite to be tested during Arctic Shield 2014

Coast Guard Cutter Healy, At Sea (SPX) Aug 18, 2014

From studying the effects of solar activity to improve radio transmissions to enhancing the capabilities of Automated Identification Systems, the importance of having a reliable communications infrastructure in the Arctic has not been lost on researchers traveling aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy as part of Arctic Shield 2014. The ability to send and receive a clear message quickly to p

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Video Games : The Movie  - A Mini Review - Rob

From VideoGamesthemovie.com

From executive producer Zach Braff comes an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead

Terrible.  Do not waste your money on this.  If you consider yourself a video game nerd, even in the slightest sense, you will not learn any new insights into video game culture.  However, if you didn’t know that Nolan Bushnell created Atari, that Spacewar was one of the first multiplayer video games that was ever created, or that Cliffy B is an egomaniac, then this may be for you.  Too much time was focused on an unclear narrative where they constantly skip between the past/future with no clear direction.  However, the soundtrack was decent.  So yeah, the best thing in the movie are songs that have nothing to do with video games

There is also too much Chris Hardwick and Wil Wheaton.  I cannot stand Chris Hardwick and Wil Wheaton.  I wanted more interviews with actual designers, writers, coders, etc..  This entire movie, even with it’s decent production values, comes off like a Cliff’s Notes version of the history of Video Games.

Even the narration of Samwise Gamgee can’t save this.  Although it may have been saved had he mentioned something about saving the Goondocks.  Maybe.  Save your money and go watch King of Kong, Second Skin, or even G4 Icons (seriously, one of the best things G4 ever did) if you want some solid video game documentary entertainment.

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PKK conflict with Turkey 'coming to an end', says Kurdish leader

Istanbul (AFP) Aug 16, 2014

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party’s 30-year conflict with Turkey is coming to an end, the group’s jailed leader said on Saturday, hailing the start of a new democratic process in the country. The PKK, which for three decades fought a bloody insurgency for self-rule for Turkey’s Kurdish minority that cost 40,000 lives, launched its armed struggle on August 15, 1984. But the group’s jai

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