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

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Thu Feb 17 12:39:12 2005

On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 10:13:03 -0800 (PST), Vintage Computer Festival
<> wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Feb 2005, Eric Smith wrote:
> Baer makes the entirely arbitrary assertion that Tennis for Two was not a
> videogame because "it can't be played on a standard home TV set".
> He goes on to say that "by definition, video games use video displays"
> which he goes on to qualify as "ordinary TV sets or TV monitors". This is
> like saying a Guppy isn't a fish because it isn't a Trout.

Indeed... according to his definition, vector games like Asteroids,
Star Castle, Star Wars,
Battlezone, etc., are "computer games", not "video games", because
they don't use
rasterized output. Rather a fine hair to split, I'd say.

And how about Vectrex? Clearly a home unit, and clearly not playable on a home
TV set.

Received on Thu Feb 17 2005 - 12:39:12 GMT

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