My son has been asking questions about early video games lately. We looked up the first game expecting to find “Pong”, but learned instead that it was a computer program written by the military for an open house they held to show the neighboring community something hands-on. It was called “Tennis for Two”.
Later, a programmer at MIT developed “Space Wars” on their mainframe computer and it spread to other universities. Cost of the machines and their weight kept them from being viable as home games for the public. It took a television company willing to risk it to start the home video game revolution.
Last night we watched 2 documentaries on Netflix about early games and the inventions that changed them. Today, my son watched them again.