The first first-person shooter ever was Maze War created by Steve Colley in 1973 and installed in an Imlac PDS-1 computer at the NASA Ames Research Center. One year later in 1974, Spasim (short for “Space Simulator”) was created. Spasim eventually evolved into Panther, a tank simulator developed for the U.S. Army which was not available to civilian consumers.
The Rise of FPS Arcade Games
Finally, in 1980 Panther was developed into Battlezone and released by Atari in arcades. This early FPS put players in control of a tank which moved in any direct across a bland, featureless landscape. Enemies were portrayed as solid, geometric shapes. While not technically a FPS, Wizard Of Wor is notable as it was released by Midway just one year after Battle Zone. Wizard Of Wor featured a top down camera angle, with players exploring a maze filled with monstrous creatures.
Despite a few notable exceptions, most FPSs were developed in the early 1990s after the smash success of Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. After their success, arcade games such as Taito’s Gun Buster could soon be found in arcades across America!
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