Tennis for Two


Tennis for Two   (Oscilloscope and Donner Analog Computer Model 3500)    1958


No original screenshot exists

Game is lost

Emulation: only simulation (tennis for two simulator)

First tennis game, next step in graphical display for games, first tennis game, first game that wide audience can play, first to show gravity in the gameplay.


Silent, monochrome game.

Gameplay video

Donner Computer
Oscilloscope and Donner Analog Computer Model 3500

Magazine review -Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games (1983)

The game was never meant for commercial use. “Tennis for Two” was a science experiment, created by William Higinbotham for the annual visitor’s day at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. His aim wasn’t to kick off the multibillion-dollar game industry — he just wanted to “liven up the place” with his invention. As he wrote, “convey the message that our scientific endeavors have relevance for society.”
It worked. Hundreds of people lined up to play “Tennis for Two” on Oct. 18, 1958.

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