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Computer Space
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Manufacturer: Nutting and Associates
Year: 1971
Class: Wide Release
Genre: Shooter
Type: Video Arcade

Orientation: Horizontal
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
Gameplay: Single
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 internal linkspace-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, internal linkNolan 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. 

Nolan Bushnell playing Go!
Nolan Bushnell playing internal linkGo!

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i actually spotted a blue cabinet of this game.  i do not know if the innards are working or not.  it was in what we call "The Gemini House". it's located near Sunset and Gower in Hollywood.  lots of small parties are thrown there.  it's actually two houses connected together.  if you walk inside, it's lavishly decorated with dime store knick knacks, odd furniture and medieval devices.  the owner has been there since the early seventies.  unfortunately, neighbors tend to complain and he has been fined more than a few times for his hospitality in providing space.  - @Om* 6/6/00

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film internal link_Soylent Green_

The videogame in Simonson's apartment is _Computer Space_

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Computer Space

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