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Spacewar! Today

As of May 2006, there is only one working PDP-1 known to be in existence, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The computer and display were completely restored after two years of work, and Spacewar! is operational. On May 15, 2006, the museum presented The Mouse That Roared: A PDP-1 Celebration Event. The PDP-1 was demonstrated running Spacewar! as well as other programs, and members of the public were able to play the game using makeshift controllers.

Code simulating Spacewar! has been included with Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express.

The game is available as PDP-1 source code and in emulation on the web.


A version of Spacewar! was developed by Valve and put on Steam to show the capabilities of the Steamworks API. The program is named SteamworksExample.exe, and can be downloaded by going to the url steam://install/480.

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