Spacewar! is 60 Today!

The first digital video game just became 60.

Emulation of a PDP-1 running Spacewar!

Spacewar! 2B, the very version shown at the MIT’s Science Open House in May 1962, is labeled “2 Apr 62” — exactly 60 years ago today! Moreover, a first article on the game was published in the April 1962 issue of “Decuscope – Information for Digital Equipment Computer Users” (Vol. 1 No. 1, April 1962, pp 2 and 4).

Happy birthday!

To celebrate the event, the emulation was slightly overhauled, the appearance was updated and significant portions of the descriptive text were rewritten.

Check it out here,

Spacewar! on a virtual PDP-1