This article features the best games released for the Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-1 as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.
Manufacturer: Digital Equipment Corporation
Nation of origin: United States
The PDP-1 was a “minicomputer” so-called because, although as big as a kitchen, it was miniature compared to the massive mainframe computers that were the standard in the decades before the 1970s home computer boom. Many of the applications for the PDP-1 were prefixed with Expensive, as these programs often performed rather simple functions that wouldn’t typically require a $10,000 computer. The PDP-1 would likely have fallen into obscurity if not for its proud status as the platform for the world’s first video game:
REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL INFO
Emulation: An emulated version of a PDP-1 running Spacewar! may be accessed at Oversigma.
Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.