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 for SPACEWAR
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  SPACEWAR
   n.
  
      A space-combat simulation game, inspired by E. E. ?Doc? Smith's Lensman
      books, in which two spaceships duel around a central sun, shooting
      torpedoes at each other and jumping through hyperspace. This game was first
      implemented on the PDP-1 at MIT in 1962. In 1968-69, a descendant of the
      game motivated Ken Thompson to build, in his spare time on a scavenged
      PDP-7, the operating system that became Unix. Less than nine years after
      that, SPACEWAR was commercialized as one of the first video games;
      descendants are still feeping in video arcades everywhere.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  SPACEWAR
  
      A space-combat simulation game for the PDP-1 written
     in 1960-61 by Steve Russell, an employee at MIT.  SPACEWAR
     was inspired by E. E. "Doc" Smith's "Lensman" books, in which
     two spaceships duel around a central sun, shooting torpedoes
     at each other and jumping through hyperspace.  MIT were
     wondering what to do with a new vector video display so
     Steve wrote the world's first video game.  Steve now lives in
     California and still writes software for HC12 emulators.
  
     SPACEWAR aficionados formed the core of the early hacker
     culture at MIT.  Nine years later, a descendant of the game
     motivated Ken Thompson to build, in his spare time on a
     scavenged PDP-7, the operating system that became Unix.
     Less than nine years after that, SPACEWAR was commercialised
     as one of the first video games; descendants are still
     feeping in video arcades everywhere.
  
     ["SPACEWAR" or "Space Travel"?]
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2004-07-19)
  

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