Computer Space video game

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Date Introduced
1971
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
64 x 29 1/2 x 48 in.
Manufacturer
Nutting Associates
Credit Line
Gift of Alan Rifkin
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
Bushnell, Nolan; Atari; Arcade; Games
Object ID
X1025.90

Nolan Bushnell developed this commercial version of the classic video game SpaceWar! nine years after it had been developed on the PDP-1 in 1962. Computer Space became the first commercial arcade video game. It pitted solo players against alien spaceships, or two competing players against each other. Although Computer Space sold poorly, it got high marks for its futuristic cabinet. Bushnell later founded Atari and Chuck E Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters.