Play “Space War!,” One of the Earliest Video Games, on Your Computer (1962)

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Archive.org continues adding to its Historical Software collection. Last year, they made available Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Frogger & other video games from the Golden Age, not to mention some classic software programs like WordStar and Visi-Calc. Now, they present “Space War!”, a game that came out of MIT back in 1962.

This two-player space-battle game – originally played off the cathode-ray tube of a Digital Equipment PDP-1 — was considered a major advancement in computer gaming. Today, only one working PDP-1 is known to exist, in the Computer History Museum in northern California. But through the miracle of a JSMESS emulator, you can play “Space War!” right in your web browser. (A fairly powerful computer and recent browser–ideally Firefox–is recommended.) If you end up playing this grandaddy of computer games, let us know how it goes. You can get more info on Space War! here.

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  1. NAME_HERE says . . . | May 13, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    That can’t have been easy to program. Dang. I love watching the memory buffer go crazy at all times. Sheesh.

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