It’s one thing to use a retro game console to play old Atari or Nintendo titles, but quite another to boot up games from the early 1960s.
Analogue Pocket owners, however, will be able to do so, as the portable console just got a system update including Space war!a game invented by MIT students in 1962.
Space war! is a competitive two-player shooter in which two spaceships battle it out while navigating through the gravity of a star. It used an early version of a gamepad for the controls and a CRT for the display.
The outdated technology used to create this game presented emulation challenges, which was left to third-party developer Spaceman. The wearing of Space war! is used to introduce the handheld’s new Developer Mode, which allows third-party developers to create games specifically for the system.
Of course, the title of “first video game of all time” is controversial, as scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory created a tennis game in 1958, among other experiments across the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
However, Tennis for two and his cousins remained in the lab, while Space war! became a sensation on college campuses that had the equipment to run it. Despite its relatively niche popularity, it is cited as the first bona fide hit in gaming, beating pong and Pac man a decade or more.
Analogue Pocket’s most recent update also brings more useful features to the table, including save states and a benchmark tool that displays relevant details about everything you’re playing.
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