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Princess Elizabeth celebrates her 13th birthday on 21 April, 1939

 

 

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It had to be scary being a teenager on the British Isles between 1939 and 1945, regardless of one's social class.


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Speaking of 1939...

 

The Schlörwagen - 1939

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Looks so dorky. So... contemporarily dorky. Like something you'd expect Google or Apple to put out.


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Eugene Cernan on the surface of the moon, 1972

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Berlin after WW2

 

 

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Paleo-Indians hunting a large Glyptodon.

These animals were hunted to extinction within two millennia of humans' arrival in South America circa 8,000 BC.


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The Sagrada Família, Barcelona in 1915.


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Let's talk about old-school video games!

 

No, no, put away your Atari 2600 and NES. We're going even older. No, keep the Magnavox Odyssey. 

 

I'm talking about video games from the 1940s and '50s!

 

To start, let's talk about the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device. This is the very first game that could even be described as a "video game" in any way, shape, or form. In essence, it's more like a proto-video game— a game played purely in a realm beyond the physical world. Date of creation: 1947. Yes, it was created 70 years ago. You can certainly tell. It looks exactly like what you'd expect from a video game made in the 1940s. It's so old that it's connected to an oscilloscope.

 

Here's one that sounds so Space Age: Bertie the Brain. A tic-tac-toe machine from 1950.

 

O.X.O.

No, that's not me acting like a scene girl. That's the name of another tic-tac-toe simulator from 1952. It's actually the first digital video game ever, one which also possesses artificial intelligence. And remember, artificial intelligence as a term and field wasn't even created until 1955, so these two games essentially act as both proto-video games and proto-AI.

 

A bit before O.X.O., there was Nimrod (no doubt considered an awesome name before Bugs Bunny turned it into another word for 'idiot'). This one was in 1951 and involves a game of Nim... which I've never heard of before now, so TIL.

 

Finally, there's the most famous of the lot.

Tennis For Two, from 1958.

This is basically Pong's daddy. Half-literally at that, since it predates Pong by 14 years. Unlike the previous games, it's also the first game to be developed as an actual game rather than be a byproduct of early computer research. When Tennis For Two was being designed, it was designed as a game in mind. Thus, while it's not the first computer game, it is the first true video game. 

 

So fuck you, Tennis For Two. You ruined my life.

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We complain about the latest Assassin's Creed and FIFA games or how Ubisoft and EA are existential failures of being, and yet 60+ years ago the idea that you could manually control a little bit of light on a screen blew people's minds.


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San Francisco in the early 1960s

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Loading passengers onto an airship from a mooring mast in the early 1930's:

 

 

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Nearby state park in 1964.

 

The scene hasn't changed much in 53 years.



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Gothenburg, Sweden 1979

 

 

are you sure? This looks like HK 1969.

 

 

That's what it said from the website I took it from

Nope, that's definitely not Sweden. That's not even Hong Kong— that's Nanjing Road, Shanghai. That's also not 1969 or even 1979— it's 2015.

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Barcelona 1938. After the Italo-German air force bombings

 

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Servicemen and girls at the amusement park, Glen Echo, Maryland, April 1943

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