The video game industry has gone a long way in its development, reaching the same level as cinema and music over the past 40+ years. In 2019 alone, companies earned more than $150 billion (link to the source). Interactive entertainment has firmly established itself in our lives, and it is hard to imagine the modern world without it. Games have gone through several rounds of evolution, each of which is interesting and unique in its own way.
The first digital computer game, although quite different from the ones we are used to, was Spacewar! It was developed in 1961 for the PDP-1 minicomputer. The first digital computer game, although quite different from the ones we are used to, was Spacewar! It was developed in 1961 for the PDP-1 minicomputer. A small creative team of 6 people created a game that two people could play at the same time. Everyone had their own ship, the needle, and the wedge, as well as a limited supply of fuel and ammunition. The main goal of the game was to destroy the enemy while avoiding a collision with the star.
The simulation of the game universe was based on Newtonian physics – if there was no action by the player, the ships moved by inertia. There was also a function of the so-called «hyperjump» – a transition to a random place on the screen, however, it increased the probability of ship destruction. In general, at that time, the game had very interesting gameplay.