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The Galaxy Game is the earliest known coinoperated computer or video game. It was installed at the Tresidder Union at Stanford University in September, 1971, two months before the release of Computer Space, the first mass produced such game. Only one unit was built initially, although the game later included several consoles allowing users to play against each other.The game was programmed by Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck. Like Computer Space, it was a version of the existing Spacewar, which had been created in the early 1960s on the PDP1 and ported to a variety of platforms since then. The coinoperated game console incorporated a Digital PDP1120 with vector displays. A single PDP11 was used to drive the two vector displays, each allowing 2 players to compete. The hardware cost around 20,000, and a game cost 10 cents or three games for 25 cents. In June 1972 the hardware was improved to allow the processor to power four to eight consoles. The game remained popular on campus, with wait times for players as much as one hour, until it was removed in May 1979.The unit was restored in 1997 and now resides in the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Standford page

Galaxy Game was produced by Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck in 1971.

Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck released only 1 machine in our database under this trade name. Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck was based in United States.

Other machines made by Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck during the time period Galaxy Game was produced include:


Name Galaxy Game
Developer Bill Pitts and Hugh Tuck (United States)
Year 1971 - 1972
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 13736
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Galaxy Game Control Panel Image

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Galaxy Game Census

There are 14,842 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,508 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,944 machines (6,921 unique titles).

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