1. This is incredible, especially how the analog computer attached to the oscilloscope was one meant for tracking ballistic missiles.

    I hadn’t realized the game was set up with no Pong-like paddles. It looks like you could hit your button to return the ball from anywhere on your side of the court and the knob would just set the angle of return. (A bit interesting, then, that this is pretty much how Wii Tennis works, with no control over the player character, and timing used to determine the return angle).

    Obviously Pong’s paddles are a lot easier to understand at a glance, but I wonder why no one made this variation as well during the Atari era. Is it patently not as much fun?

  2. Here’s a government article from 1981 that claims

    the only public recognition of Higinbotham’s game, prior to this article, has been a mention of Brookhaven Lab in the introduction of a book, Basic Computer Games. Author David Ahl, now publisher/editor-in-chief of Creative Computing magazine, wrote that Brookhaven might be where video games started. How did Ahl know about it? He was at the Lab on one of those visitors days. Ahl went to high school in Malverne, Long Island, and toured the Lab as a Grumman scholarship winner.

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