The first Computer game device was created in 1947 by Thomas Goldsmith and Estle Ray Mann and patented in 1948; they called the device the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement device. Goldsmith and Manns design was based on the standard military radar display units, their machine allowed the user to control a vector drawn dot on the screen via an analogue device which simulated missiles being fired at different targets which were simply drawings stuck on to the screen.
Another early example of a computer game was called the Nimrod. The Nimrod was the worlds first digital computer constructed specifically to play a computer game; this specially designed computer played the game Nim. The device was designed and built by the company Ferranti, a major UK electrical engineering and equipment firm, known primarily for defence electronics and power grid systems. The Nimrod was first seen during the 1951 Festival of Britain when it was displayed at the exhibition of science, the festivals purpose was to promote better quality design in the rebuilding of Britain following the aftermath of the Second World War.
Shortly after the Nimrod was displayed at the 1951 Festival of Britain, in 1952 Dr Alexander Douglas released the noughts and crosses computer game OXO designed for the EDSAC(Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator), an early British made computer which was one of the worlds first computers to be made. View More »