Category: multiplayer

DEFENDER

Defender was released circa February 1981 by Williams who also developed the game. Defender is a shoot’em-up arcade game. Defender is a two-dimensional side-scrolling shooting game set on the surface of an unnamed planet. This game really developed the genre of side scrolling games for many years. The player controls a space ship as it navigates …

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MISSILE COMMAND

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Missile Command was released ca July 1980 by Atari who also developed the game. Missile Command is a strategy game. The game uses a trackball and three buttons. The strategy is simple, there are 6 cities to defend from incoming ICBM missiles. The player has 3 banks of air intercept missiles and he has to …

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GALAXIAN

Galaxian was released circa October 1979 by Midway. The game was developed by Namco. Galaxian is a 2D shooter. Galaxian is similar to Space Invaders in gameplay. The player moves back and forth and the aliens move back and forth above. In contrast to Space Invaders, Galaxian added an element of drama by having the …

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SPACE INVADERS

Space Invaders was released circa June 1978 by Midway. The game was developed by Taito. Space Invaders is a 2D action shooter. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in the United States by the Midway division of Bally. Space Invaders became such a blockbuster that it …

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BREAKOUT

Breakout was released circa April 1976 by Atari who also developed the game. Breakout is an action game. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak both worked designing this game.. In the game, a layer of bricks lines the top third of the screen. A ball travels across the screen, bouncing off the top and side walls of …

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GOTCHA

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Gotcha was released on October 11, 1973 by Atari who also developed the game. Gotcha is a maze puzzle game. The game is designed for 2 players, one attempts to catch the other to score a point. The maze is composed of a repeating pattern of elements set in multiple columns on the screen. The …

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PONG

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Pong was released on November 29, 1972 by Atari who also developed the game. Pong is a coin-op cabinet simulation game. Pong is a game for 2 players. Each player operates a “paddle” via an analog knob. The object is to bounce the “ball” back and forth. The ball bounce had multiple angles to make the …

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BOARD GAMES

Chess, checkers, Monopoly and so on are all very old. Board games have been discovered even in the ruins of old villages and towns. Early mainframe games were inspired by classic board games,  Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no …

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MONOPOLY

Monopoly was released in 1903 by Elizabeth Magie and Charles Farrow who also developed the game. Monopoly is a board game. Today Hasbro owns the rights to the game. They have modified the game several times to perpetuate the copyright and trademark. Patents have expired. On February 23, 1983 the NY Times reported a earlier court ruled …

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