The First Video Game

Many gamers ask "what was the very first video game?"

Well...there are many debates depending on how you define a video game



First we have to determine what a video game is.

According to Wikipedia a video game is "any game played on hardware built with electronic logic circuits that incorporates an element of interactivity and outputs the results of the player's actions to a display."

So.....What was the first video game? Here are the main contenders

-SpaceWar!

-Cathode-Ray Amusement Device

-Tennis for Two

-Pong

- Naughts and Crosses

Cathode-Ray Amusement Device

 Invented by Thomas T. Goldsmith .Jr and Estle Ray Mann in 1947, it consisted of  a cathode ray tube connected to an oscilloscope with a set of knobs and switches.

SpaceWar!

Designed by Steve Russel in 1962, it consists of 2 space ships controlled by each player,battling each other around a star that has a gravitational pull.

Naughts and Crosses

This virtual game of tic-tac-toe was developed by Alexander S. Douglas in 1952 for the EDSAC.

Tennis for Two

This early-tennis simulator was designed by physicist William Higinbotham in 1952. This is one of the first 2-player video games.

Pong

It is widely agreed by any game enthusiast that pong inst the first video Game, but it was one of the first commercially successful.

In conclusion....

What do you think was the first video game?

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