Tennis for Two Schematic care of Brookhaven National Laboratory The development of Tennis for Two can be traced back to the computing functions of the Donner Model 30, whose instruction booklet provides examples for calculating ballistic missile trajectories, bullet trajectories, and a bouncing ball (accounting for gravity and wind resistance).
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Tennis for Two. Tennis for Two is considered to be the very first video game, developed for a Donner 30 analog computer in 1958 and displayed on an oscilloscope. Recently game designer Ben and NYC Resistor member Adelle Lin worked on a project for the NYHS SiliconCity exhibit to develop a recreation that ran in Unity and displayed on a 4K display. Their version is really inspiring -- a large reproduction "Dumont cathode ray oscillograph" (the same model as I used with Space Rocks) with 3D ...
One of the original electrical schematics for Tennis for Two. Higinbotham used four of the computer’s operational amplifiers to generate the ball’s motion while the computer’s remaining six amplifiers sensed when the ball hit the ground or net and switched controls to the person in whose court the ball was located.
The concept of this Tennis for Two is to allow the two players to toss the ball to each other continuously in an oscilloscope display. The AVR ATmega168 microcontroller is the brain of this project where two handheld controllers are connected. A knob and button is included in each handheld controller. The output from the AVR is being taken by the digital to analog converter as is also used to drive the scope.
Using this as a foundation, Higinbotham drew up the program diagram for Tennis For Two in a couple of hours, and spent two or three weeks building and debugging with Robert V. Dvorak (even in 1958 videogames were associated with their designer, and not their programmer).
Tennis for Two would later be recreated, using Higinbotham’s original design schematics. Built at BNL by researchers Scott Coburn, Gene Von Achen and Peter Takacs and presented in 2008, the project is done to celebrate the original video game’s 50th anniversary.
Tennis for Two is supposed to display on a ‘scope, so beg, borrow, or buy one if you don’t have one handy. Older low-end analog scopes like mine (a Hameg!) usually go for $50-$150, and if nothing else, you can always make a Scope Clock out of it later. There are three parts to the electronics that we’re building.
An original schematic for Tennis for Two We've also included notes from the game's inventor, William Higinbotham, as well as the deposition he gave during a legal battle over the first video game...
Re: 50th Anniversary of "Tennis for Two" If anyone else cares to look into finding the schematics, It was designed by William (Willy) A. Higinbotham, built by Robert V. Dvorak and the schematics were created by Alexander Elia.