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

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Thu Feb 17 12:57:34 2005

On Thu, 17 Feb 2005, Ethan Dicks wrote:

> > 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.

That's another thing: I don't understand this other distinction he wants
to make between "video game" and "computer game". Does a "video game"
have to be made out of discrete analog components like the Magnavox
Odyssey to qualify? At what point is a computer not a computer?

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