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A profile of William Higinbotham, the inventor of the first video game

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A profile of the inventor of the first video game, William Higinbotham, who developed Tennis for Two in 1958.

William Higinbotham
William Higinbotham

Physicist William Higinbotham invented the first video game, Tennis for Two, at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island in New York in 1958, though he has rarely been recognized for his achievement. The Daily has a short profile of the man and his invention, which was developed at a nuclear lab, the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Ten years into his career, Higinbotham sketched out the concept for Tennis for Two in a few hours, then built it with the assistance of an engineer who also worked at the lab. The Lab began using the game on Visitors' Days as a way to give technology good PR in the face of fears about nuclear energy, and Higinbotham continued to upgrade the game, giving it a larger screen and other options. Higinbotham was recognized as the inventor of the video game following a 1976 lawsuit involving Magnavox. Higinbotham's game was also recently recreated at Brookhaven Lab, and it was exhibited there in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of its invention.

Image: Brookhaven National Laboratory