What Was the First Video Game?


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The first video game was "Tennis For Two," which was invented at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The two-player tennis game was first shown publicly on Oct. 18, 1958. Its inventor was nuclear scientist William Higinbotham.

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"Tennis For Two" was played on an analog computer using controllers. Because the game predated modern computer screens, it utilized an oscilloscope screen as a display. The game was inspired by instructions used to model object trajectories and wind resistance on the oscilloscope. These same modeling processes were used to create a tennis game that calculated the speed of the ball, the boundaries of the court and the location of the net.

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