What Was The First Computer Game?

Jan 27, 2009 | Posted by: Cash | Full story: www.scientificblogging.com

Do you know the name of the first computer game? I confess I didn't and I learned programming on a Univac 1100/62 so I am a lot closer to the origination date of computer games than most people who will read this.

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Jan 27, 2009
 
No cheating!!

Okay, you can cheat, we aren't exactly saving lives reading about science and tech on the internet, now are we?

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Jan 27, 2009
 
What do you mean by "game"?
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Jan 27, 2009
 
No cheating! Game of backgammon

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Jan 27, 2009
 
I mean a computer game - a game on a computer. Well, the answer is in the article, I was just curious if anyone knew offhand. I certainly didn't.

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Jan 27, 2009
 
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Dryad wrote:
pong
nope, guess I was wrong

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Jan 28, 2009
 
I shoulda been more specific, as in what do you mean by "computer"... The earliest article I can remember was about a tic-tac-toe game, but that was before the invention of the transistor. Knowing programmers and computer engineers, it probably had something to do with certain members of male anatomy.

I'll stick with tic-tac-toe.

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Jan 28, 2009
 
D'oh. I was thinking about something to do with o-scopes and a game *like* pong, but thought that may have been the first pong rendition later on. That was fun.

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Jan 28, 2009
 
Though I am sure there were many before, the first one I played was a dice game -- similar to yahtzee -- I helped write on a trash 80. That is if I don't count a little 'game' for memorizing binary numbers on a heathkit.

I am not counting arcade games.

Then there was the game written into Windows 3.1 where the gorilla threw stuff at you and you threw stuff back.

Now to read the article.

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Jan 28, 2009
 
OK. I was going to guess it was some kind of missle or artillery game, considering how much of early computer technology was for exactly those purposes.

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Jan 28, 2009
 
ClamBob and Slimey, nicely done! Both can claim to be first.
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Jan 28, 2009
 
computer game is program which is written in coding using multimedia programing ,graphics .

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Jan 28, 2009
 
Technically, I thought I was wrong until I read the WHOLE article, so ClamBob's got it :D

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Jan 28, 2009
 
I didn't get it. I read before my second post. But it is what I would have guessed. That or a flight simulation program that was interactive to train gunners. Though not a 'game' at the time, it was probably fun.
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Jan 28, 2009
 
hmm... i remeber something about it being some kind of electronic tennis game or whatever at some university i saw on a documentary. boy it was ingenious.
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Jan 28, 2009
 
pong was one of the first games but not THE first.

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Jan 28, 2009
 
Slimey wrote:
I shoulda been more specific, as in what do you mean by "computer"... The earliest article I can remember was about a tic-tac-toe game, but that was before the invention of the transistor. Knowing programmers and computer engineers, it probably had something to do with certain members of male anatomy.
I'll stick with tic-tac-toe.
I know what you mean about being more specific. The history of the computer goes way back to mechanical devices with gears. Advanced to electrical components with punch cards in the late 1800's and vacuum tubes in the early 1900's.

I don't think computers were identified as 'electronic'(digital as opposed to analog)until the transistor.

I would love to play one of the old gunner simulation or train operation simulator 'games'. Even the first Link flight simulator was made of pipe organ parts and was totally analog, but it would have made for a cool game (but no screen so not video game). And that was the 1920's.

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