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Spacewar

Spacewar - the first video game

Steve "Slug" Russell led the team of programmers that created the first computer video game, Spacewar, while studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The game was conceived in 1961 and released in 1962. It took Steve and his team about 200 man-hours to write the first version, which was developed on a DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) PDP-1 minicomputer.

Steve also wrote the first two implementations of Lisp for the IBM 704 after having a class about the (until then) theoretical language. He invented the continuation to solve a problem for one of the users of his Lisp implementation.

He holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Engineer degrees in EECS from MIT.

At one time Steve worked for a company founded by Nolan Bushnell after Atari.

Steve has stated that it is unclear how his nickname "Slug" came about.

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