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08-24-2021 at 07:20 AM
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First video game of chess?

This is a screenshot from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey


It never got my attention before, but last night I was watching it and I realized they are playing computer chess, with graphics, on a widescreen monitor.

This movie was filmed in 1969.


The movie itself is a real slow burner compared to modern movies, but considering it was filmed 51 years ago I am truly impressed by Kubrik's and Clarke's vision of the year 2001.

I read that the computer displays with the trajectories and telemetries were actually screens with filmed sequences projected onto them from behind. The "graphics" were hand drawn. Very impressive effects.



Compare that to a computer chess game that I play regularily:




Lets not forget about the use of tablet computers! And what do you know, portrait mode videos. LOL.

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  1. Fly's Avatar

    Oh sht! Good find. Not only are those wide screens, they look like flat screen LCDs from the pics. Not CRT.

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  2. RedDawn's Avatar

    Probably my favorite film of all time.
    Though Clarke did predict many technologies we now have today, including famously predicting telecommunication satellites, I'd guess the credit for this in particular would go to Kubrick.

    This film is based on Art Clarks short story 'The Sentinel', which is a very intriguing (and brief) read I'd really encourage everyone to check out at some time. It's one that will stick with you for a long time.


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  3. datagod's Avatar

    I watched it on Blu-ray and it is stunning on a big screen. What I loved is how when Hayward Floyd is reading the instructions on how to use the toilet if you notice there are a gigantic list of instructions and you can clearly read them all. It is hilarious

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  4. ThroughtonsHeir's Avatar

    Did you know Philip K .D*cK had a thing called a SLATE
    in the novel ''The Divine Invasion''.

    It is connected to the "internet". The super AI is known as 'big noodle'.
    You ask questions and the answers are written...
    it was before 1980 that he had his basis written I think.
    In ''Divine Invasion'' there is a dude file sharing music, with metallic-compound tapes like Sony would develop in the late 1980s early 1990s to fight off CDs, just before turning to Mini-Disc.
    It's a Napster-type broadcasting in the late 1970s! He was imaginign it in 'Flow My Tears The Policeman Said', I think,
    couple years before as a novella. ('round 1974-76...)

    In his book Ubik, he describes totalitarian @pple type technology that controles people.

    These dudes were visionaries producing fomr the early 1960s to the early 1980s things we were imagining for the future

    The ''hyper loop''? Look at his rocket travel from europe to California or Colorado in 1h in 'The Man in the High Castle''.

    The tech of 'drugs induced post-reality' in "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" aka << Blade Runner >>
    with Robots passing the evolved forms of 'turing tests'... that movie isn't touching the basis o what the novel explores. But Ubik and Divine Invasion are the ''musts''
    for "futurism imaginary discoveries" made by the genius of Philip Kindred D.

    [EDIT : also "Minority Report" / "Impostor" for police state for rich vs poor classes living in 2 different worlds.
    ''We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" aka "Total Recall" where you could 'dream' vacations,
    which was also explored in ISAAC Asimov's "The Dream Merchants" I think , or "Les Marchends De Rêve"
    Which is a science still worked on for relaxation and entertainment as seen in "Demolition Man" ... or the Grandpa wookie in the Star Wars Holidays Special ]

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  5. ThroughtonsHeir's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by RedDawn

    This film is based on Art Clarks short story 'The Sentinel', which is a very intriguing (and brief) read I'd really encourage everyone to check out at some time. It's one that will stick with you for a long time.

    C. Clark iis one of those geniuses too...

    Isaac Asimov knew that science would be stopped in their tracks when humans could ''survive'' death for a longer period of time. He thought it would be genetics and the fountain of youth... no it's corporations holding ''company secrets'' and keeping the rights to creations (Disney, etc.)

    He might be the most visionary of the lot because of that.
    Aldous Huxley and the 'book control' and 'thought control' with censored games
    (Jon Tron taken out of Yuku LeLe?)

    They knew what MAO and other totalitarian dictators were doing to science... and now XiXing Ping is limiting videogames hours played per day for kids and teens :P
    Sometimes sci-fi is scarier predicting how humans change societally
    yet the positive is that brings us light on what 'unites' people and should be preserved.
    Communicating about our love for games. Retro game preservation. Stopping their extinction.


    Another visionary concept :
    TRON is the closest thing to the "internet of games" era we live in.
    The marketing ad called << The Wizard >> could not hold a candle to it conceptually,
    now that we can play in VR more than ever.
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    Updated 09-12-2021 at 09:42 PM by ThroughtonsHeir
  6. RedDawn's Avatar


    Very nice. I notice you didnt mention Heinlein. He's probably my favorite.

    In 'For Us the Living' Heinlein predicts aspects of the internet. However, it’s an analog solution; a vast network of pneumatic tubes threading the country, which one can use to send requests for photocopies of articles and stuff like that.
    PKD is awesome too. A lot of my favorite books are those which have a kind of machismo if you will hahaha, war, dystopian/utopian, post apocalypse, stuff like The Forever War, Starship Troopers, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, The Iron Heel, Stranger in a Strange Land, Ringworld, Gateway (F. Pohl), stuff like that.


    Neuromancer is a book I like a lot and it has the whole internet prediction thing going on with it too, though that was published in the early 80's while Heinlein's was in the 1930's. Supposedly even Mark Twain wrote about something similar to the internet in one of his books.

    "Aldous Huxley and the 'book control' and 'thought control' with censored games
    (Jon Tron taken out of Yuku LeLe?)

    They knew what MAO and other totalitarian dictators were doing to science... and now XiXing Ping is limiting videogames hours played per day for kids and teens :P
    Sometimes sci-fi is scarier predicting how humans change societally"

    Even in the West our games and stuff are censored, its just mostly done by corporations rather than through some central authoritarian government/president.

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