In October 1972, video games were still mostly an after-hours pastime in corporate or university laboratories. Pong had been installed only one month earlier at a Sunnyvale bar called Andy Capp's Tavern (today a comedy club.)
Programmed in the early 1960s, Spacewar! is the granddaddy of video games. It's inspired countless other games and has stood the test of time. You know what else has stood the test of time? The game's source code. Here's how.
One might think that Kotaku Tower is a place bereft of computers, or at least gaming on computers, judging by how infrequently we write about them. But that couldn't be further from the truth.
In 1998, Stanford University's Henry Lowood began preserving video games and video game artifacts. Lowood, along with a four member committee, has announced a game canon, for the Library of Congress. Japan begs to differ.