Spacewar! (was Re: Laser display...)

From: der Mouse <mouse_at_Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: Thu Feb 17 00:38:07 2005

>> Spacewar, yes. One could argue it was the very first video game.
> You don't have to argue. A court ruled that it was.

Then it probably actually wasn't.</cynic> Do you happen to know more?
I'd be curious what case might be such that a court would have occasion
to rule on that question.

>> Originally written for the..PDP-6, I think.
> PDP-1.

Ah. Thank you. (I don't think I have worked with anything older than
a PDP-8, and that not very much. I tend to get the -6 and -1 confused.)

> We *almost* got Spacewar running on the PDP-1 at the Computer History
> Museum last night.


I'd like to get hold of the code, and enough hardware docs to build an
emulator - can you point me at such? While it wouldn't be nearly as
cool as the real thing, seeing at least an approximation to the real
thing's display under something philosophically MAMEish (and perhaps
even within the MAME framework) would be Pretty Cool, and would, unlike
running it on a real PDP-1, be within my reach.

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