From: Paul Koning <>
Date: Thu Feb 17 13:56:38 2005

>>>>> "Mike" == Mike Loewen <> writes:

 Mike> On Thu, 17 Feb 2005, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
>> Pong Story has a new bit of information I've never seen before.
>> Apparently, in 1952 a PhD candidate wrote his thesis on
>> human-computer interaction and used the EDSAC's memory tubes to
>> display a tic-tac-toe game:

 Mike> I don't see any mention on the Pong site about the video (oops,
 Mike> COMPUTER, he,he) games on the old SAGE (AN/FSQ-7) system. We
 Mike> had a baseball game, which would display a baseball diamond on
 Mike> the large display scopes:


 Mike> The pitcher would "pitch" by pressing a button on the scope
 Mike> console, which would start a spot of light (the ball) moving
 Mike> towards the batter. At the right time, the batter would press
 Mike> another button at the end of a cord to swing the bat. If the
 Mike> batter connected, the ball would fly out and the men would run
 Mike> around the bases.

 Mike> I don't know when the baseball program was written, but the
 Mike> SAGE systems started going into place in 1958.

Interesting. So that could make it older than PDP-1 Spacewar,

There's an implementation of a baseball game that sounds exactly like
what you describe, on the CDC 6600. That one is dated 1967 (at least
the version I have).

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