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Month: January, 2009

Spacewar!

26 January, 2009 (13:57) | Emulation and Vintage Gameplay | By: TimA

Spacewar! is arguably the first videogame ever created. It was released in 1962 on the PDP-1 (Programmed Data Processing) computer which had marked a massive shift in the philosophy of computer design when it was released just three years earlier in 1959. For today’s gamer, Spacewar! seems rather simple. There are two spaceships. Each player […]

What Story? Reporting a MUD-Dev Thread from April – May 2000

23 January, 2009 (14:49) | News and Commentary | By: walker

From August 22, 1996 to the early October of 2004 the MUD-Dev mailing list housed a slew of earnest and lengthy discussions — technical, philosophical, design and otherwise — concerning the development and play of multi-user dungeons (MUDs).  MUDs were developed before graphics-capable computers, originating and remaining entirely text-based. Players type commands, role-play or just […]

Doom: 15 Years Later

13 January, 2009 (21:00) | Emulation and Vintage Gameplay | By: admin

In 2007, Henry Lowood, curator of the History of Science and Technology Collections at Stanford University, presented a video game canon in order to encourage initial preservation efforts by the Library of Congress.  On this list of ten important video games is the 1993 DOS-based game Doom, and rightly so.  Doom is one of the earliest, […]