Gun Fight

Gun Fight (arcade)  1975


Emulation: mame

First game to use microprocessor  -(Intel 8080)  2 mhz, first game with  violence, first game where you can kill people, first game to depict human-to-human combat, first to depict a gun on screen , first game to feature game characters and fragments of story through its visual presentation, marking the beginning of cinematic elements in game, first short music tune in games, first lawbreaking game.


Original released in Japan as Western gun (with differentt graphics and no processor)


Monochrome game with color overlay

Arcade system: Midway 8080

Gun Fight arcade

Gameplay video

Gun Fight arcade
American "Gun fight" original poster

Photos of original "Western gun" 

Gun Fight arcade
Magazine review - Videogames (1982)


1) The game use bitmapped framebuffer technology to display animated human-like characters Fujitsu's MB14241 video shifter chip, which was also later used by Space Invaders.

2) The title Western Gun, while making perfect sense for Japanese audiences in that it conveys the setting and theme as simply as possible, was considered to have sounded odd to American audiences, so it was renamed Gun Fight instead for its American localization.

3) Tomohiro Nishikado's original Western Gun design was based on discrete logic, like most video arcade games of the time. When Dave Nutting adapted it for Midway, he decided to base it on the Intel 8080, which made Gun Fight the first video game to use a microprocessor.

4) A microprocessor is a computer processor that incorporates the functions of a computer's central processing unit (CPU) on a single integrated circuit (IC), or at most a few integrated circuits. The microprocessor is a multipurpose, programmable device that accepts digital data as input, processes it according to instructions stored in its memory, and provides results as output. Microprocessors contain both combinational logic and sequential digital logic.

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