article ref to 50th birthday of video games

wgungfu at wgungfu at
Wed Oct 15 17:50:44 CDT 2008

Except both are computer games, not video games, despite the PR move by some
companies to push them as otherwise.  This was already all hashed out in the


Quoting Paul_Koning at

> Neat.  That predates the PDP-1 "spacewar" game, which I had thought of as the
> oldest.  And it may still be the oldest video game on a digital computer.
> 	paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk-bounces at [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On
> Behalf Of Brent Hilpert
> Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 4:17 PM
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> Subject: article ref to 50th birthday of video games
> Old news for many here perhaps, but here's a writeup about physicist William
> Higinbotham's creation of "Tennis-for-two" at Brookhaven Labs in 1958:
> Mentions how the initial inspiration came from reading the manual for an
> analog
> computer and how it could be used for ballistic trajectory calculations.

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