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Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
CRT: Black and White
13-inch General Electric TV
Conversion Class: unique
Number of Simultaneous Players: 1
Maximum number of Players: 1
Control Panel Layout: Single Player
Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
Buttons: 2 - Fire Missile, Thrust
Sound: Amplified Mono (one channel)
Computer Space is the first ever arcade video game. The one-player version used button controls only. The game is a basic space-war type game where single players face off against two saucers or two players against each other.
This game is housed in a fiberglass cabinet. Most of them had metal-flake paint jobs of varying colors. The one-player and two-player cabinets differ slightly, with the one-player's control panel being offset, and the cabinet molded along a sweep to accompany it. The two-Player has a Chevron shaped contro panel and a vague "V" shape to the lower front of it. Both machines have a single coin-slot in the control panel.
Computer Space was the first arcade videogame, it's creator, Nolan Bushnell, set forth the basic design that all dedicated arcade games would follow. A board (or set of boards) to run that particular game (not a multi-purpose computer), a Display, controls, coin acceptor and separate power supply. The coin-box in Computer Space was a paint-thinner can.
The videogame in Simonson's apartment is _Computer