Spacewar was a groundbreaking game that pretty much introduced computers to gaming. One of the first articles that introduced Spacewar to the broader world just went up, from many decades ago, and its a hilarious snapshot of cold war paranoia:

"If you still think Spacewar is just a computer 'game'," said MIT's chief cybernetician, George Haskins, "keep this in mind -- theoretical physicists during the late 1930s and '40s didn't have the slightest intention of developing hydrogen bombs capable of wiping out whole cities... Look at it this way, either we're getting ready for space battles with other Earth nations, or," he hesitated, "somebody believes we're going to have serious differences with alien civilizations and beings from beyond the solar system."

Read the rest of "The Saga of Spacewar"

[from Paleo-future]