The First Computer Games

It is a widely spread fallacy that the first computer game was called Pong. The first computer game ever was called Space War. It wasn’t an extremely popular one as the ones who could play it were the programmers who organized the work of the computers in the 60s. The game plot was primitive. Two little spaceships floated on the screen and were meant to shoot each other.

The year 1971 was characterized by the introduction of the first popular computer game called Space. The game was aimed to be accessible for the wide audience but the idea wasn’t successful. The author of the game Nolan Bashnell didn’t take into account the fact that a little amount of people could afford the large device.

Before the third game (yes, that was Pong) was released Nolan founded his own company of developers and called it Atari. Nowadays this is one of the most famous brands that possesses the rights for the popular simulator Driver. In 1972 Pong finally was released. It was a primitive imitation of the table tennis. The small square should be stroke beck by the two moving lines.

Four years later the Atari corporation was sold for 26 million USD. The most wide popularity was gained by Arcanoid which could still be played in 2005. The fans of vintage games and vector graphics are fond of this game all over the world.

Not every family could afford a computer and the developer of the cyber games searched for the optimal solution to promote their products. The add-on devices could contain several games and one of such ones became Pac-Man. This game became so popular that the yellow circle with the sector cot out became the familiar symbol in many countries.

Gradually there appeared such corporations as Broderbund or Electronic Arts which set up the beginning of the computer games industry.


One response to “The First Computer Games

  1. Just read this article about Christine Ha. Did you know she is blind? She won the MasterChef by cooking scrambled eggs! I hope they cook Cajun food next time. What do you think it will be about?

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