Gaming pioneer passes away

Alan Kotok's Spacewar was one of the first computer games ever made; computer scientist's creation predated Pong by a decade.

With some MIT students, Alan Kotok was able to help complete one of the first computer games ever made. Named Spacewar, the game was made on a PDP-1 computer in 1962, 10 years before Pong was released by Atari. Spacewar took only about 9k of memory, consisted of two spaceships, and is considered one of the major influences in the development of games. Kotok was also instrumental in the early days of the Internet, working on the Alta Vista search engine project as a senior consultant. Kotok died of a heart attack at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 26 at the age of 64.

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solsticeblue
solsticeblue

Not many of us may actually recognize his name til now, but his contributions will probably resonate with us for a long, long time. Thanks Mr. Kotok for giving us one of the cornerstones of this great form of entertainment.

Baroque-Legacy
Baroque-Legacy

Wow. One of the original Fathers, dead. May his life be celebrated for all he has given us.

Pontesi
Pontesi

R.I.P Alan - your legacy will live on.

shabutie9000
shabutie9000

R.I.P. what would the video game industry been like without him? there probably wouldnt be one.

Foxarwing42
Foxarwing42

Pioneers of the industry have died before, such as Gunpei Yokoi(SP?)(Creator of Game Boy and Metriod) and now another pioneer. It's a part of an industry, it's a part of nature, and lastly it's a part of life. R.I.P. You had a good life, now rest. You deserve it.

Paganstar
Paganstar

Rest in Peace to a true Pioneer.

allin2
allin2

This really shows how the industry is beginning to age. Hopefully many legendaries will continue to be in good health and still create quality games.

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

Man, why did he have to die? Why not Uwe Boll or somone else? :(

shaddix55
shaddix55

He will be remembered in gaming history forever :)

Naggeh
Naggeh

a thousand blessing on his name! dekushrub150 is right, we should educate kids in that part of history aswell, who wants to hear about some french prince in a large dress made for his sister, more Alan Kotop, less french prince!

imrlybord7
imrlybord7

Any gaming pioneer is a hero to me. So I give Alan Kotok a hero's salute.

qwikqik
qwikqik

Godspeed and heartfelt condolences to the family.

dekushrub150
dekushrub150

I read about him in The Ultimate History of Video Games. This is very unfortunate but we all have to go sometime. This makes me realize how old video games truly are. Maybe people will begin to realize how much respect games deserve. We should all keep his legacy alive by never forgetting. Educate young kids about the beginning and how games were before PS2 and everything now, even before NES. I grew up with NES but I have an ATARI 2600 and have played Spacewar. We will never forget.

remaGloohcSdlO
remaGloohcSdlO

R. I. P. and thanks for your contribution... we may not be where we are today without the pioneeres of the art.

Nedemis
Nedemis

sad to see a pioneer for the gaming world pass away....thank you for your contributions to the market. :) I'm sure his legacy will go on for as long as gaming is around.

rasheedislam
rasheedislam

Even though i didnt kno who he was, R.I.P.

darthfrag
darthfrag

A great big "Thanks!" to Mr. Kotok and his colleagues for helping to create a revolutionary form of entertainment. Pioneers like Kotok are too often forgotten, and the world owes them an enormous debt of gratitude. Rest in peace, brother.

Schillinger
Schillinger

Thank you for your legacy Mr. Kotok :) R.I.P.

CYbErBoT101
CYbErBoT101

thats really sad...but its june 7th shoukdnt this have benn reporterd earlier?

Firosen
Firosen

That's a shame. It's kind of a weird thing to think about - the pioneers of gaming aging and dying. I mean, it doesn't really seem like a very old technology, but then you got someone like Howard Scott Worschaw who was probably in his 40's when he worked on all his projects for the Atari 2600...

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

He will be sorely missed. Alan Kotok, we salute you. Your legacy lives on.

Lilac_Benjie
Lilac_Benjie

That's so sad. He should always be remembered as a pioneer.