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, 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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