DescriptionIn this Amiga take on the classic vector game, two ships are controlled by two players, flying around a sun, fighting gravity and trying to blow each other to bits. Options include variable gravity, a black hole, an extra orbiting moon, toroidal space, and playing across a modem connection.
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TriviaThe original SpaceWar game (sometimes spelled Space War or Spacewar!) was created in 1962 on the PDP-1 computer at MIT. The PDP-1 was the first computer to have a CRT display and a keyboard. SpaceWar was not only the first game ever made, but also did several other things:
-The first controller for SpaceWar was a trackball, essentially making it the first mouse. However, the team eventually got some joysticks from F-11 fighter jets and programmed the game to run on them, making the first gaming joysticks.
-In 1969, Ken Thompson wanted to play SpaceWar of a PDP-8 computer, so he wrote an operating system called UNIX to get it running. UNIX is still widely used today, and eventually spawned Linux.
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- Spacewar - Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums (An article by Stewart Brand in the December 1972 issue of Rolling Stone magazine examining the emerging hacker culture and prototypal ARPANet through the central tie of the "Intergalactic Space War Olympics" played on university and military mainframes.)