â€œI BRAG to people that I was probably the first kid to play a video game,â€ said Robert Dvorak Jr.
That happened half a century ago here at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where Mr. Dvorakâ€™s father had assembled what was arguably the first video game, called Tennis for Two.
The game, primitive by modern standards, featured two control boxes whose buttons prompted a bright green ball of streaking light to bounce back and forth over a symbolic net. The action took place on a round oscilloscope screen that measured all of five inches across. â€œIt was very simple to operate,â€ said Mr. Dvorak, now 57 and an electrical engineer in Saugerties.
As a child, Mr. Dvorak periodically tagged along with his father to the laboratory, and he fell in love with the fledgling electronic game on one visit. â€œI remember it being a lot of fun,â€ he said.
â€œWhen you look at Pong, theyâ€™re not all that different,â€ he said, referring to the 1972 Atari game.
Video Games â€“ Did They Begin at Brookhaven?