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Do You Know What Was The First Video Game?


The fi rst computer game was developed at MIT and was called spacewar! The game even had realistic star charts. You can play the did You know? Firms in developed countries currently account for 96% of royalties from technology patents, or $71 billion a year. 47 | April 2010 TECH FIRSTS mini original game in a Java emulator for the original machine at http://spacewar.oversigma. com.

It was in 1962 when a young computer programmer from MIT, Steve Russell (fueled with inspiration from the writings of E. E. "Doc" Smith*), created the first computer video game. Russell wrote his game on a PDP-1, an early DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) "interactive" mini computer which used a cathode-ray tube type display and keyboard input. The computer was a donation to MIT from DEC, who hoped MIT's think tank would be able to do something remarkable with their product. A game called "Spacewar" was the last thing DEC expected.

The PDP-1's operating system was the first to allow multiple users to share the computer simultaneously. This was perfect for playing Spacewar, which was a two-player game involving warring spaceships firing photon torpedoes. [Try playing a replica** of the game for yourselves. It still holds today up as a great way to waste a few hours.] By the mid-sixties, when computer time was still very expensive, Spacewar could be found on nearly every research computer in the country.