For those interested in the documentary, here's some gentle teasers. The documentary will include interviews with four figures:
- Robert Crease, Professor of Philosophy at SBU and Historian of Brookhaven National Lab. Crease discusses the background of Brookhaven, the cultural context of national labs, and the significance of Brookhaven's Visitor's Days (which T42 was designed for)
- Peter Takacs, Physicist at Brookhaven, who has been the lead behind T42's present-day reconstruction
- Robert Dvorak Jr., son of Robert Dvorak Sr., one of the men who actually built T42 from Higinbotham's schematics. Bob Jr. was a kid when T42 was unveiled in 1958, and got to play it before it went public--making Bob, ostensibly, the world's "First Gamer"
- Raiford Guins, Associate Professor at SBU, speaking to the role of T42 in video game history
Sometime after the video is done, it will be available to the public on YouTube, hosted by SBU's YouTube channel. There will also likely be a main screening at SBU, and hopefully I'll be working with a friend to have some local screenings at more small-scale sites around NYC. Check this space or follow me on twitter for updates!