Alan Kotok's Spacewar was one of the first computer games ever made; computer scientist's creation predated Pong by a decade.
With some MIT students, Alan Kotok was able to help complete one of the first computer games ever made. Named Spacewar, the game was made on a PDP-1 computer in 1962, 10 years before Pong was released by Atari. Spacewar took only about 9k of memory, consisted of two spaceships, and is considered one of the major influences in the development of games. Kotok was also instrumental in the early days of the Internet, working on the Alta Vista search engine project as a senior consultant. Kotok died of a heart attack at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 26 at the age of 64.
Not many of us may actually recognize his name til now, but his contributions will probably resonate with us for a long, long time. Thanks Mr. Kotok for giving us one of the cornerstones of this great form of entertainment.
Pioneers of the industry have died before, such as Gunpei Yokoi(SP?)(Creator of Game Boy and Metriod) and now another pioneer. It's a part of an industry, it's a part of nature, and lastly it's a part of life. R.I.P. You had a good life, now rest. You deserve it.
This really shows how the industry is beginning to age. Hopefully many legendaries will continue to be in good health and still create quality games.
a thousand blessing on his name! dekushrub150 is right, we should educate kids in that part of history aswell, who wants to hear about some french prince in a large dress made for his sister, more Alan Kotop, less french prince!
I read about him in The Ultimate History of Video Games. This is very unfortunate but we all have to go sometime. This makes me realize how old video games truly are. Maybe people will begin to realize how much respect games deserve. We should all keep his legacy alive by never forgetting. Educate young kids about the beginning and how games were before PS2 and everything now, even before NES. I grew up with NES but I have an ATARI 2600 and have played Spacewar. We will never forget.
R. I. P. and thanks for your contribution... we may not be where we are today without the pioneeres of the art.
sad to see a pioneer for the gaming world pass away....thank you for your contributions to the market. :) I'm sure his legacy will go on for as long as gaming is around.
A great big "Thanks!" to Mr. Kotok and his colleagues for helping to create a revolutionary form of entertainment. Pioneers like Kotok are too often forgotten, and the world owes them an enormous debt of gratitude. Rest in peace, brother.
That's a shame. It's kind of a weird thing to think about - the pioneers of gaming aging and dying. I mean, it doesn't really seem like a very old technology, but then you got someone like Howard Scott Worschaw who was probably in his 40's when he worked on all his projects for the Atari 2600...
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