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Tennis for Two

Tennis for Two

Tennis for Two was a game developed in 1958 on an oscilloscope which simulated a game of tennis or ping pong. It was based on analog, rather than digital computing. It's incredible to think how much computer games have developed since the 1950s and '60s, These days, games are very sophisticated, with there being a great selection of sports games, for example, available. These include baseball games, basketball games, football games, and golf games. Games such as Bloons Tower Defense 5 are also a log way from the early days of video games.

Tennis for Two was created by William Higinbotham to cure the boredom of visitors to the nuclear power plant in which Mr. Higinbotham worked. The game was only brought out twice, on "Visitor's Day" at the power plant. Tennis for Two was the predecessor of PONG, one of the most widely recognized video games as well as one of the first.

Court from the side instead of a top-down perspective, the ball appears to be affected by gravity and must be played over the net. The game was controlled by an analog computer and "consisted mostly of resistors, capacitors and relays, but where fast switching was needed - when the ball was in play - transistor switches were used". It is also considered -by many people- to be the first video game.




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