Right around this time 50 years ago, the world of gaming was forever changed.
Spacewar!Spacewar! was launched in mid-February 1962 (the exact date is a matter of debate, though most people agree it was between the 13th and the 15th). And while it wasn't the first video game ever created, it was the first to strike a chord with people, effectively kicking off the era of video games.
The game was meant for two players. Both pilot starships and try to destroy each other with a limited supply of torpedoes, while fighting the gravitational effects of a star in the center of the screen. If a ship is about to plunge into the star, the player can hit a hyperspace button to escape, but hit it too often and your ship will explode.
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