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The first Video Game ever - Remake
posted December 15 2010 19:35.02 by Giorgos Lazaridis

Back in 1958 at Brookhaven National Labs on Long Island, NY, Willy Higinbotham was looking the screen of an oscilloscope and he saw something beyond the waveforms. Together with Bob Dvorak, a Brookhaven Lab technician, they created what is many times called "The worlds first video game", the name of which was "Tennis for two". Many visitors (world's first gamers) lined up to play this game. It had two controllers, one for each player. Each controller had a button to serve and hit the ball, and a dial switch was used to set different angles of the invisible tennis racquet.

In 1997, a scientific team decided to re-create the Tennis for Two game following the original schematics. Many parts were not found and were replaced by modern solid-state parts. But the analog computer had many relays, and relays causes voltage sparks, something that modern chips don't really like. This caused lots of problems with the chips. Read the original article to find out how they finally put together the Tennis for Two...

[Link: scienceblogs]
Tags: electronic project   gaming   inventions   games and fun   articles   

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