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DID YOU KNOW
Did you know that the first multiplayer video game was invented in 1958? In October 1958, physicist and electrician William Higinbotham, head of the Brookhaven National Laboratory instrumentation program, invented the sports video game Tennis for Two using an oscilloscope with custom aluminum controllers. Higinbotham, an expert on radar and timing systems for ballistics, was working with an oscilloscope that displays moving lines and curves when he conceived the idea of making a video game from it. Within hours, he decided to make a tennis game because the oscilloscope captures the motion of a ball in the air, and within months, he and his team have finished the whole game, which they named Tennis for Two. The video game looks like a tennis game viewed from the side, and players are required to use the controllers to hit the ball in the right angle to make it go over the net but not go beyond the opponent's line. The game is not as aesthetically accurate as modern video games like Tennis Champion or Play Tennis, but for a game invented in the late 1950s, Tennis for Two awed many of those who attended science exhibitions. It never hit the market and the original machine was disassembled in 1960, but its influence remained, particularly when the game Pong was invented a decade later.