Computer Space was released in 1971 and was the first arcade video game as well as the first commercially available video game. It was created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in partnership as Syzygy Engineering. Computer Space is a derivative of the 1962 computer game Spacewar!, which is possibly the first video game to spread to multiple computer installations. It features a rocket controlled by the player engaged in a missile battle with a pair of hardware-controlled flying saucers set against a starfield background.
Computer Space was not a commercial success, but it is considered a significant milestone in the history of video games. It was the first game to be widely available to the public, and it paved the way for the more successful arcade games that followed, such as Pong and Space Invaders.
Here are some of the features of Computer Space:
- The player controls a rocket ship that can move left, right, up, and down.
- The player can fire missiles at the two flying saucers.
- The flying saucers can also fire missiles at the player.
- The game ends when the player’s rocket ship is destroyed.
Computer Space was a simple game, but it was groundbreaking for its time. It showed the potential of video games to be a fun and engaging form of entertainment. Computer Space helped to pave the way for the video game industry that we know today.