The "Game Lab" is an interactive game laboratory located in the Central Reading Room of the Melville Library. Stony Brook students enrolled in games-related courses within any academic department are able to study-play original games for the Atari 2600, Colecovision, Nintendo (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo 64 (N64), and Sega Genesis in the WHGSC Game Lab. Access is currently restricted to students enrolled in game-related courses within any academic department.We aim to add to our Game Lab collection of “vintage” game consoles in the near future and hope to build a space to house next-generation consoles and their games for student access. A listing of the games can be accessed in the library's catalog.
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William A. Higinbotham
After reading an instruction manual that accompanied a Systron-Donner analog computer, William Alfred Higinbotham was inspired to design Tennis for Two, the first computer game to utilize handheld controllers and to display motion. It was also the first game to be played by general public, in this instance, attendees of “visitors day” at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in 1958. Learn More »