National Game Registry 1974: Maze War

original platform
Imlac PDS-1
notable conversions
Xerox Alto (1977)
key personnel
Steve Colley
Howard Palmer
Greg Thompson
David Lebling

Maze War is notable for being one of the earliest network video games but more importantly the very premiere first-person shooter. Like the first video game, Spacewar!, the game was completed by students at the Massachussets Institute of Technology. As in many subsequent first-person shooters, the players navigate a maze and destroy each other with projectile attacks. 

(Alto version)

Maze War was inducted on March 18th, 2009.

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