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Romset and name:
galgame Galaxy Game
Short name:
Galaxy Game
Manufacturer:
Computer Recreations, Inc
Year:
Genre:
Shooter
Category:
Shooter / Flying
Serie:
-
Driver source:
misc/galgame.cpp
Language:
English
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Up to 2 players (solo, 2 concurrents)
Input:
Joystick 2 ways (horizontal)
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
-
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Average user rating:
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0 to 10 (Worst)
MASH All-Time:
Video
Display:
512x512@60 Hz, ruotato di 270°, CRT 31kHz
Orientation:
Vertical
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
Black & White
CPU:
DEC T11
Audio
Sound:
-
Audio chips:
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.144 released on nov-13 2011
Last release:
Mame 0.250 released on nov-30 2022
Clone of:
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Bios:
Not required
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Use sample of:
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Previous romset:
None
New romset:
None
Files
Dump:
GOOD
Required files:
Status
OVERALL:
GOOD
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Good
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
Good
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Unsupported
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  • Arcade Video game published 51 years ago:

    Galaxy-Game [First Version] © 1971 Computer Recreations, Incorporated.

    Galaxy Game is one of the earliest known coin-operated computer/video games. It was installed at the Tresidder Union at Stanford University in September, 1971, two months before the official release of Computer Space, the first mass-produced video game. Only one unit was built initially; beginning in 1972 there was "Galaxy-Game [Second Version]" that could include up to 4 displays.

    The original version used 4 keyboard keys to control each of the two spaceships: spin one way, spin the other, thrust and fire. Solar gravity will cause the ships to destruct if no action is taken. The Stanford University version added three types of space: no gravity, anti-gravity, and uncharted space.

    TRIVIA
    The game was programmed by Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck. A single PDP-11 minicomputer is used to drive two separate game screens with two players each. Galaxy is a reprogrammed version of SpaceWar!, which was conceived in 1961 by Martin Graetz, Stephen Russell, and Wayne Witanen and first realized on the PDP-1 at MIT in 1962 by Stephen Russell, Peter Samson, Dan Edwards, and Martin Graetz, together with Alan Kotok, Steve Piner, and Robert A. Saunders using PDP-1 assembly language. Like Computer Space, it was a version of the existing Spacewar!, which had been created in the early 1960s on the PDP-1 and had since been ported to a variety of platforms. The coin-operated game console incorporated a DEC PDP-11/20 with vector displays. The hardware cost around US$20,000 ($116,466.72 today). In June 1972 the hardware was improved to allow the processor to power four to eight consoles.

    A game cost 10 cents or three games for 25 cents. It remained popular on campus, with wait times for players as long as an hour, until it was removed in May 1979 due to the display processor becoming unreliable. Alledgely, the following information was posted on the cabinet or on a sign near it:

    "Welcome to Galaxy-Game. If you wish to play, simply rotate the power dial on the power timer behind the couch to the on position. It will turn itself off. Rules for playing are on the games themselves. Enjoy playing the first coin-operated video games created."

    The unit was restored in 1997 and is now in the collection of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. In August 2010, the museum loaned the console to Google for display and gameplay at the Googleplex, their headquarters campus.

    STAFF
    Re-programmed by: Bill Pitts, Hugh Tuck
    Original concept by: Martin Graetz, Stephen Russell, Wayne Wiitanen

    CONTRIBUTE
    Edit this entry: https://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=26984&o=2
    Informations provided by © Alexis Bousiges
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    NOTICE: The short version was discontinued in November 2019
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