Tennis for Two

Tennis for Two   (Oscilloscope and Donner Analog Computer Model 3500)    1958

 

First tennis game, advanced graphical display, first game for wide audience, first game to to show gravity in the gameplay.

 

Silent, monochrome game.

Gameplay video

Donner Computer
Oscilloscope and Donner Analog Computer Model 3500

Magazine review - Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games (1983)

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Photos of the computer

Trivia:
1) The game was never meant for commercial use. “Tennis for Two” was a science experiment, created by William Higinbotham for the annual visitor’s day at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. His aim wasn’t to kick off the multibillion-dollar game industry — he just wanted to “liven up the place” with his invention. As he wrote, “convey the message that our scientific endeavors have relevance for society.” It worked. Hundreds of people lined up to play “Tennis for Two” on Oct. 18, 1958.

2) Game was considered lost, until in 1997 a team at Brookhaven recreated the game for Brookhaven's 50th anniversary.

3) Game is not emulated.

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