Essay on The Gaming Evolution Teaching History

2086 Words Jun 1st, 2015 9 Pages
Shane H.
Research Paper Mr. Kelly 4/23/15

Imagine yourself sitting in a boring room with nothing to do. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of way for you to beat back your boredom and have a great time. On October 1958, Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game. It was a very simple tennis game. The game itself was created for visitors at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. It is considered to be the first electronic games to use a graphical display. The game was created to cure the boredom that loomed through the Brookhaven National Laboratory, there was a full house of people that wanted to play it kids and adults alike. (The Gaming Evolution Teaching History)
This game was created in an astounding amount of time. This brilliant professor thought of the idea in only a few hours after realizing it’s potential. "Hell, this would make a good game.” Higinbotham said this shortly after playing his creation. The device itself took two hours to create, and the actual game took two weeks to refine and test. The game was called tennis for two and it simulated a real life pattern of a tennis ball. The game was created on a Donner Model 30 analog computer. The game uses an oscilloscope as the graphical display to display the path of a simulated ball on a tennis court. The designed circuit displayed the path of the ball and reversed its path when it hit the ground. Basically the computer was smart enough to generate data on where…

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