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When Games Went Click: The Story of Tennis for Two


When Games Went Click: The Story of Tennis for Two

Created in 1958 by American physicist William A. Higinbotham for visitors at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
in Upton, NY, Tennis for Two is pivotal in the history of video games. The documentary "When Games Went Click:
The Story of Tennis for Two" chronicles the development of the game and its re-creation, currently underway at BNL.

"When Games Went Click" was made possible by the Brookhaven Science Associates and Stony Brook Collaborative Research Alliance SEED Grant Program for joint initiatives between scientists and Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Concept and grant produced by Raiford Guins, Kristen J. Nyitray and Peter Takacs. Script by Raiford Guins and Laine Nooney. Direction and production by The Vladar Company.

 

William A. Higinbotham

William HiginbothamAfter 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 »

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