The Original Spacewar Article

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09/01/05 - The Original Spacewar - The Saga Article

Computer games seem to have been around forever, but back in the 1970s, they were still in the future, at least for most of us. We were big Spacewar fans back in 1972 and 1973, when you had to sneak in at night to use the old PDP-9 at CIPG. Of course, the grand-daddy Spacewar ran on the PDP-1X, and it was in Saga magazine, back in November 1972 that the original article describing the game was published. Nope, it wasn't the CACM that announced the birth of a billion dollar industry, it was a much saavier publication. If you've ever wondered how all those space aliens got into your computer, here is the dirt.

Keywords: science, software