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Nimrod, the World’s First Gaming Computer

Tristan Donovan, a U.K.-based writer who has contributed to Edge and The Guardian, has just released a new book called Replay: The History of Video Games.

While other history books have covered the topic, Donovan’s 500-page tome is the most exhaustive and wide-ranging history I’ve read. It’s especially notable for its extensive treatment of the history of European game development, which has been noticeably absent from other books.

Wired.com is delighted to share a few excerpts from this book with you over the next several days. First up: A look at Nimrod, an installation at the 1951 Festival of Britain that was the first computer designed exclusively to play a game.

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