Codex Gamicus

Noteable events[]

  • Larry Bethurum, from the Phillips Exter Academy, submitted the BASIC source code of a bingo game to the DECUS user group. Comments in the code suggest the game was written on January 23, 1966.[1]
  • Ralph Baer, working for Sanders Associates, Inc., began to investigate how to play video games on a TV.


  1. bingo.gam.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Steven L. Kent (2000), The First Quarter: A 25-Year History of Video Games, p. 83, BWD Press, ISBN 0970475500
  3. Brian Ashcraft (2008) Arcade Mania! The Turbo Charged World of Japan's Game Centers, p. 133, Kodansha International
  4. Steve L. Kent (2001), The ultimate history of video games: from Pong to Pokémon and beyond: the story behind the craze that touched our lives and changed the world, p. 102, Prima, ISBN 0761536434
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mark J. P. Wolf (2008), The video game explosion: a history from PONG to Playstation and beyond, p. 149, ABC-CLIO, ISBN 031333868X

Video game releases[]

Name Release Date Category Region(s) Platform(s)
Periscope 1966 Video Game Europe Arcade
Periscope 1966 Video Game North America Arcade
Periscope 1966 Video Game Japan Arcade

Hardware releases[]

Name Release Date Category Region(s)
SDS Sigma 7 1966 Mainframe International