Galaxy Game

Galaxy Game (arcade and DEC PDP-11/20, vector display terminal)    1971


First arcade electronic video game, first electronic video game with a poster, first commercial electronic video game, first vector graphics game


Silent, monochrome game with color overlay

Arcade system: unique  (based on  DEC PDP-11/20 computer)

Original poster
Original poster

Gameplay video

Galaxy Game arcade
Real arcade screenshot
Galaxy Game
Arcade cabinet

!) First coin-operated game incorporated a DEC PDP-11/20 with vector displays. It was two months before the release of Computer Space, the first mass-produced video game.
2) Now in the collection of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

3) Port of the Spacewar! (1962).

4) Up to 8 machines could be controlled by a single PDP-11 computer (watch image of  the computer here)

5) A vector monitor is a display device used for computer graphics up through the 1970s. It is a type of CRT, similar to that of an early oscilloscope. In a vector display, the image is composed of drawn lines rather than a grid of glowing pixels as in raster graphics. The electron beam follows an arbitrary path tracing the connected sloped lines, rather than following the same horizontal raster path for all images. The beam skips over dark areas of the image without visiting their points.

6) The game was never mass-produced and was only available at the Tresidder Union Coffee House at Stanford University.
7) The game also features a single-player mode for practice.

8) First arcade video game is Auto Test.

9) Vector graphics are based on vectors, which lead through locations called control points or nodes. Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes of the work plane and determines the direction of the path; further, each path may be assigned a stroke color, shape, thickness, and fill.

10) Emulated in: MAME (not fully emulated).

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