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    Josef Kates

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    May 5, 1921 – June 16, 2018

    What was the first video game ever?

    Depending on the definition of "video game", there are diverging answers: "Spacewar!" (1962), "Tennis for Two" (1958), "OXO" (1952)...

    Perhaps the best answer is "Bertie the Brain" (1950), which some exclude from video game consideration because it used light bulbs as a opposed to a graphical screen. Bertie, the brainchild (no pun intended) of Jewish Canadian engineer Josef Kates, played tic-tac-toe against a human opponent. It had various levels of difficulty, and was virtually unbeatable on the hardest one.

    Today, when video games beat humans at chess and Go, winning in tic-tac-toe might seem insignificant, but it all had to start somewhere...

    Oh, and Kates also invented the world's first automated traffic light.

    There are no diverging answers about that one...

    Verdict: Jew.

    July 6, 2016

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