Tennis for Two, the "First Video Game". Tennis for Two was a game developed in 1958 on an analog computer, which simulates a game of tennis or ping pong on an oscilloscope. Created by American physicist William Higinbotham, it is important in the history of video games as one of the first electronic games to use a graphical display.
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In 1982, Creative Computing magazine picked up on the idea that Tennis for Two might be the first video game ever and it published a story on the game in that year’s October issue. It credited Higinbotham as the inventor of the video game — until they heard from someone who could document an earlier game.
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1958 video game Tennis for Two Tennis for Two on a DuMont Lab Oscilloscope Type 304-A DesignerWilliam Higinbotham PlatformAnalog computer Release NA: October 18, 1958 GenreSports ModeMultiplayer Tennis for Two is a sports video game that simulates a game of tennis, and was one of the first games developed in the early history of video games. American physicist William Higinbotham designed the game in 1958 for display at the Brookhaven National Laboratory's annual public exhibition after learning
Tennis for Two is often regarded as one of the first video games ever created. Developed by William Higginbotham, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, Tennis for Two was completed on October 18, 1958, long before the first commercial video games were ever released. Tennis for Two was released long before Pong (20 years before) was developed, and though it has a similar premise the gameplay is dramatically different and extremely simple.
In 1958 William Higinbotham, head of the Instrumentation Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, invented the first video game, "Tennis for Two". It ran on an analog computer hooked up to an oscilloscope. If playback doesn't begin shortly, try restarting your device.
Tennis for Two (played on that tiny device the arrow’s pointing to in the pictures above) didn’t arrive until a decade later, but it was a video game, and one developed over half a century ago ...
It was called Tennis For Two, the first video game in history. If you look closely, you’ll see the gold and green in the oscillograph that resembles a tennis court. The game was created in 1958 and was extremely simple, as you’d expect from the first video game
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