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July 28, 2014

The Hingham Institute Study Group on Space Warfare

"In 1961, MIT’s lab acquired a Program Data Processor-1. The PDP-1 was about three refrigerators wide—tiny compared to the giant room-spanning computers typical to the ‘60s. Steve Russell, a graduate student working in the lab, fell in love with the machine the moment he saw it.

"Russell gathered his study group together: J. Martin Gaetz, Alan Kotok, Peter Samson, Wayne Wiitanen and Dan Edwards. They called themselves 'The Hingham Institute Study Group on Space Warfare.' This motley group of proto-hackers would create the first video game."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 28, 2014 07:47 AM