By Roberto Dillon
This publication makes a speciality of the background of games, consoles, and residential pcs from the very starting till the mid-nineties, which began a brand new period in electronic leisure. The textual content positive aspects the main cutting edge video games and introduces the pioneers who built them. It deals short analyses of the main proper video games from every time interval. An epilogue covers the occasions and platforms that this golden age whereas the appendices comprise a heritage of hand held video games and an summary of the retro-gaming scene.
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Bushnell was a naturalborn businessman with innovative ideas and a passion for games so he understood right away that video games had potential from a commercial perspective. In 1969, while working for a company named Ampex, he joined forces with his friend and colleague Ted Dabney (born 1937) to start turning his vision into reality. The very first idea was to use a $4,000 microcomputer, a DEC PDP-8, to design a coin-operated system able to play a few different games. Another friend, Larry Bryant, was supposed to take care of the actual programming and each of them A young Ted Dabney (left) with Nolan Bushnell, the founding fathers of the video game industry.
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The Beginning A Spacewar! match in action. In the following years, different versions of the game were developed, featuring improvements such as better physics, real star constellations as a backdrop, and a pair of button-based remote controls, made by team members Alan Kotok and Bob Sanders. Thanks to these improvements, Spacewar! quickly became so well known that DEC started shipping it with the machines as a demo/test program. It was so popular, in fact, that when a US university purchased a PDP (for about $120,000), it was the first application that students loaded and played when the computer was free from more serious and academically-inclined duties.