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Spacewar!

Date(s)
1962

One of the first, and probably the most influential, early video games, Spacewar! landed in 1962 to be played on the mini-computer, PDP-1. It was created by a group of MIT students, including Steve Russel, Martin Graetez, Wayne Wiitanen, to name a few. 

Moving from the digital simulation games of athletic sports, Spacewar! brought sci-fi to the evolving computer scene. It’s a two-player game, where each player controls a spaceship. The goal is to shoot down the opposing spaceship with your spaceship’s limited supply of torpedoes and fuel, all while flying around a star with a gravitational pull.

Sources

“Spacewar!” Wikipedia. Last edited, Oct. 13, 2021. Web.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spacewar!. 

 

Smith, Ryan P. “How the First Popular Video Game Kicked Off Generations of Virtual Adventure.” Smithsonian Magazine, December 13, 2018. Web.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-first-popular-video-game-kicked-off-generations-virtual-adventure-180971020/.

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