Game Classification

Cathode Ray Tube Amusement device Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. / Estle Ray Mann (U.S.A.), 1947  

Informations Analyses Serious Gaming




This title is used by the following domains:
  • Scientific Research


This title targets the following audience:
Age : 25 to 35 years old / 35 to 60 years old / below 60 years old


The gameplay of this title is Game-based
(designed with stated goals)

Image-1.png Goldsmith and Mann's patent application describes a game of skill in which a player sits or stands facing a cathode ray tube (CRT) video screen mounted in a cabinet. Goldsmith and Mann designed the game to resemble a World War II radar display, but with airplanes or some other targets painted onto a transparent overlay (since this invention preceded the era of computer graphics).

The player turns a control knob to position the CRT beam on the screen; to the player, the beam appears as a dot, which represents a reticle or scope. The player has a restricted amount of time in which to maneuver the dot so that it overlaps an airplane, and then to fire at the airplane by pressing a button. If the beam falls within the preprogrammed coordinates of a target when the user presses the button, then the CRT beam defocuses, simulating an explosion. [source : wikipedia]

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