Computer Space

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Computer Space
Computer Space game cabinet
Developer: Nutting Associates
Publisher: Nutting Associates
Game designer: Nolan Bushnell
Release date: 1971
Genre: Shoot 'em up
Game modes: Single player or 2 player
Cabinet: Unique design
Controls: 4 buttons
Monitor
Orientation: Horizontal
Type: Raster, standard resolution
Size: 13-inches
Notes
The first ever arcade video game.

Computer Space is a computer arcade game released in 1971 by Nutting Associates. Created by Nolan Bushnell, who would later found Atari, it is generally regarded as the first ever coin-operated video game.

The player controls a rocket ship and must evade enemy fire from a pair of flying saucers using a thruster and a pair of rotational buttons. The flying saucers can be destroyed by firing missiles at them.

Though innovative for being the first widely available video and arcade game, Computer Space was not a success. For many, the gameplay was too complicated to grasp quickly. While it fared well on college campuses, it was not very popular in bars and other venues where it was placed. Bushnell later created a sensation with the much easier to grasp Pong arcade game.

Separate cabinets were produced for either single player games or two player games.

Trivia

It appeared in the 1973 science fiction movie Soylent Green and the 1975 movie Jaws.

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