July 16, 2008

Scope This Out

by Nick Montfort · , 11:50 am

Tennis for Two Rebuilt Ian Bogost just pointed me to a page on building your own modern version of Tennis for Two, the proto-Pong, proto-Odyssey game that Willy Higinbotham devised in 1958. It’s just the thing to do with that oscilloscope you have lying around. Interesting that the game is in side view and has a net, unlike the first wave of digital tennis games that were to follow.

2 Responses to “Scope This Out”


  1. scott Says:

    There is a history channel program that shows how the game was developed and that you had to do english to score it was that boring. It wasn’t until the ball changed direction frame when it hit the paddle that it became the game we all grew up with.

  2. Dennis G. Jerz Says:

    Given that the path of a tennis ball is a parabola, I think the profile view was almost inevitable on this platform.

    Have you seen the source code for A.S. Douglas’s “Noughts and Crosses” (1952)? It’s new to me.

    http://www.adit.co.uk/html/noughts_and_crosses.html

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