Sunday, December 04, 2005

Video-game history

The Brookhaven National Laboratory has an interesting article on what is most likely the first video game ever developed. Now according to 1up.com, Spacewar came about in 1962, and a commercial versin of Pong was available in 1972. Brookhaven's article claims that then-Instrumentation Department head William Higinbotham developed a tennis game that played on an oscilloscope in 1958, and so far no claims have come about to predate that. Reading through the article gives a good idea of just what sort of efforts went into making that little ball bounce around the screen using the technology of the day.

(via Fark)

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