National Game Registry: Xerox Alto

United States Library of Congress

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Xerox Alto

This article features the best games released for the Xerox Alto as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: Alto
Manufacturer: Xerox
Debut: 1973
Nation of origin: United States

The Alto was an innovative computer designed for internal use at Xerox’s Palo Alto facility. Although never distributed commercially, the computer was highly influential on future home computers, in particular the Macintosh, which in turn influenced Microsoft Windows. These innovations include a graphical user interface, including a desktop. The Alto’s most famous contribution to the video game world was the second version of the original first-person shooter, which happens to be the only inductee released for the system:
Maze War


Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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