Tennis for Two was first shown on October 18, 1958. The game was rendered as a horizontal line, representing the tennis court, and a short vertical line in the center, representing the tennis net. The first player would press the button on their controller to send the ball, a point of light, over the net, and it would either hit the net, reach the other side of the court, or fly out of bounds.
Before 'Pong,' There Was 'Tennis for Two'. Before the era of electronic ping pong, hungry yellow dots, plumbers, mushrooms, and fire-flowers, people waited in line to play video games at roller-skating rinks, arcades, and other hangouts. More than fifty years ago, before either arcades or home video games, visitors waited in line at Brookhaven National Laboratory to play “Tennis for Two,” an electronic tennis game that is unquestionably a forerunner of the modern video game.
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You’re right about definitions, which is why I describe Tennis for Two as the first game with what would be recognized as a modern video game. And further for PONG, a lot of people say the correct answer is Nolan Bushnell’s Computer Space as the first coin-op video game, which he made the year previous to PONG.
Tennis for Two is often regarded as one of the first video games ever created. Developed by William Higginbotham, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, Tennis for Two was completed on October 18, 1958, long before the first commercial video games were ever released. Tennis for Two was released long before Pong (20 years before) was developed, and though it has a similar premise the gameplay is dramatically different and extremely simple.
Tennis For Two was an electronic game developed in 1958 on a Donner Model 30 analog computer, which simulates a game of tennis or ping pong on an oscilloscope. Created by American physicist William Higinbotham for visitors at the Brookhaven National Laboratory , it is important in the history of video games as one of the first electronic games to use a graphical display .
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Tennis for Two is often compared to Atari's Pong, which was released 14 years later and basically started the video game industry. However, the two games are quite different; the only real similarity is that a ball is passed back-and-forth between players. In his notes, Higinbotham refers to Pong as being "quite inferior".
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