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Byline: Matt Kelly
HARD to believe the first video game arrived 40 years ago this month.
Two barely-discernible spaceships pinging around a blob meant to be the sun, this ground-breaking game in one-dimensional black and white was Spacewar, later refined by Atari into Asteroids This is a list of numbered minor planets, nearly all of them asteroids, in sequential order.
As of late September 2007 there are 164,612 numbered minor planets, and many more not yet numbered. Most asteroids are ordinary and not particularly noteworthy. .
Designed by a group of 20-something geeks the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at Cambridge; coeducational; chartered 1861, opened 1865 in Boston, moved 1916. It has long been recognized as an outstanding technological institute and its Sloan School of Management has notable programs in business, , Spacewar set off a chain of events that lead to the creation of companies like Apple and Atari.
But it was never played outside of MIT MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - most computers were too feeble - and it's now a museum piece.
The processor ran at 100,000 instructions per second Instructions per second (IPS) is a measure of a computer's processor speed. Many reported IPS values have represented "peak" execution rates on artificial instruction sequences with few branches, whereas realistic workloads consist of a mix of instructions and even applications, , in comparison with the two billion instructions per second of today's microchips. Ten years later, in 1972, Atari changed video games forever with the release of Pong (games) Pong - A computer game invented in 1972 by Atari's Nolan Bushnell. The game is a minimalist rendering of table tennis. Each of the two players are represented as a white slab, controllable by a knob, which deflects a bouncing ball. , a humble tennis game that kicked off the home video games market.
How fitting that the first video game should celebrate its 40th birthday just as Xbox, the world's most powerful games console, hits the shops.
Roll on the next 40 years...
START-UP: First Atari