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Game Developers Choice Awards to honor Smithsonian video game exhibit curator and Spacewar! creator

The 13th Game Developers Choice Awards will honor Chris Melissinos, curator of the Smithsonian's "The Art of Video Games" exhibit and Steve Russell, creator of Spacewar! next month, according to a press release from the conference's organizers. Melissinos will receive the Ambassador Award, which is given to "those who have helped the game industry advance to a better place." Russell will receive the Pioneer Award, bestowed to "developers for creating breakthrough video game genres or concepts." For more on Spacewar!, which is considered to be the world's first digital computer game, be sure to watch our hands-on at the Museum of the Moving Image. To learn more about the Smithsonian exhibit, which featured items cataloging the first four decades of video games, hop over to our...

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50 years since Spacewar!

Until last week, I had never had the chance to play what is considered the world's first digital computer game. Spacewar! was created 50 years ago by three students at MIT as a way to show off the power of a new high-end computer, the PDP-1. It was a massively important milestone, something all gamers should experience for themselves, but doing that is not as simple as booting up an emulator and loading up a ROM. See, part of the magic of experiencing Spacewar! is about understanding how much of a pain it is to play. The Museum of the Moving Image, located in New York City, is offering nostalgic gamers a chance to do just that at a new exhibit titled "Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off." The exhibit features a recreation of the original PDP-1, along with authentic controls that are about...

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