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.