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Software Engineering and Computer Games by Rudy Rucker

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14.1. The Spacewar game

Let’s write up a description of the Spacewar game with sections similar to what one might use for a presentation or homework project about a program’s specification and about its design.

The name ‘Spacewar’ was chosen as an homage to the very first graphical computer game ever. The original SpaceWar was developed for the PDP-1 computer at MIT in 1962! If you do a web search you’ll find that modern versions of the classic SpaceWar abound. The game that we are calling Spacewar in the Pop Framework actually resembles the old Asteroids rather than being like the classic SpaceWar, which is a two-player game taking place in the gravity field of a central star. We’ve left turning our Spacewar into a ‘real’ SpaceWar game as an ...

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