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. 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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