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Computer Recreations, Inc.


Computer Recreations, Inc was founded in June of 1971 in California by Stanford University's then recently graduated Bill Pitts and his high-school friend Hugh Tuck. The company was formed with the goal of creating a faithful coin-operated version of Spacewar. They succeeded, and released Galaxy Game in September of the same year. It was the first ever coin-operated video game, although it never got to be mass-produced due to its high hardware costs.


Galaxy Game(1971)


Computer Recreations' founders weren't the only ones developing a coin-operated version of Spacewar. Coincidentally, there was another team working on the same concept just a few miles away! However, they were less focused on creating a faithful reimplementation of the game, but rather a commercially viable version for the masses. They were successful and released Computer Space shortly after Galaxy Game. That team was none other than the founders of Atari.

Related Web Sites

  • Interview with Bill Pitts (An interview with one of Computer Recreations' founders, going into detail about the development of Galaxy Game.)

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