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As an Adopt Me! pet, what would your favorite food be?


History lesson

Ever play the first video game?

The journey of video games, from their inception to the present day, is a tale of innovation, creativity, and technological advancement. The debate surrounding the title of the "first video game ever" is one that has been ongoing for years, with various contenders vying for the top spot. However, two names stand out in this debate: Bertie the Brain and Tennis for Two. Bertie the Brain: The Giant Tic-Tac-Toe MachineIn 1950, an inventor named Josef Kates constructed what some believe to be the first video game ever: Bertie the Brain. This colossal machine, standing at a staggering four meters tall, was designed to play the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Displayed at the Canadian National Exhibition, Bertie the Brain drew crowds of curious visitors eager to challenge its artificial intelligence at varying levels of difficulty. This technological marvel, ahead of its time, was unfortunately disassembled after the exhibition, with many dismissing it as a mere "novelty."William Higinbotham: The Pioneer of Video GamesWhile Bertie the Brain was an impressive feat, it did not fit the strict definition of a video game. This brings us to another significant figure in the history of video games: William Higinbotham. A physicist with an already illustrious career, Higinbotham was part of the team that developed the first nuclear bomb. Later in life, he became one of the founding members of the "Federation of American Scientists," emphasizing the peaceful and constructive use of science.

In 1958, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Higinbotham introduced the world to Tennis for Two. This game, displayed on an oscilloscope, allowed players to simulate a tennis match using two knobs and a button. In essence, Tennis for Two was a precursor to the iconic game Pong, which would be developed 14 years later. The game was a massive hit at the Brookhaven National Laboratory's open house, with attendees lining up to experience this novel form of entertainment.

Higinbotham's creation was more than just a game; it was a statement. He wanted to demonstrate that science could be used for more than just warfare and destruction. Tennis for Two was a testament to the potential of technology to entertain and bring joy. Despite its success, much like Bertie the Brain, Tennis for Two was dismantled after its debut, its components repurposed for other projects.The Legacy ContinuesThe contributions of Josef Kates and William Higinbotham to the world of video games cannot be understated. While their creations may not have survived the test of time, their innovative spirit and vision laid the groundwork for the video game industry's exponential growth. From the rudimentary graphics of Tennis for Two to the immersive virtual worlds of today, the journey of video games is a testament to human ingenuity and the endless possibilities of technology.

Nathan, Heywise Staff

Quiz WriterNathan, Heywise Staff

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Did you know?

Scooby-Doo was once an Adopt Me! Pet

It wouldn’t be the first time that a major name in the entertainment world made a cameo in a video game, and it surely won’t be the last. However, in the grand scheme of the gaming world, a game within a game like Adopt Me! doesn’t tend to make headlines. However, its popularity and adorable creatures drew the eyes of some big names, including the minds behind 2020’s Scoob! movie, which featured everyone’s favorite crime-solving teens and their pet dog.

As a result, Scooby-Doo—known as Scoob in-game—became a temporary Adopt Me! pet in a big Scooby-Doo-themed event. Players could even drive around in the iconic Mystery Machine van and collect several detective-themed items. If a game like Adopt Me! was able to partner with such a beloved franchise, who knows what animals it’ll be able to feature next? Cat-Dog? Babe? Toothless? The options are truly limitless. Who would you like to see in Adopt Me! next?

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