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History of Video Games

mwichary on Flickr (original Space Wars!?)

Can you name the first video game? The first game likely was Tennis for Two in 1958 but it could be Space Wars! in 1962 or other games. It's complicated.

Probably the most interesting part of video game history is the role of play and fun in computer science history. For example, Claude Shannon and others built simple electro-mechanical mice with mazes and mechanical Turks to explore ideas about artificial intelligence. While video games we know were not available to the public until the 1970s, games have been a big part of serious scientific research into military strategy, human-computer interaction, and adaptive learning.

Another interesting aspect is how little early researchers cared to save their work once their work was done. Many early games from computer science research and university computer labs were saved by accident or destroyed.

What Was the First Computer Video Game?

The answer depends on whether you mean games available to the public, in bars as an arcade game, or limited to university computer labs.

 

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