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[B]Nimrod was the world's first videogame-playing computer, built by Ferranti to display at the Exhibition of Science during the 1951 Festival of Britain. Although it was the first digital computer exclusively designed to play a game, it was originally created to demonstrate how a digital computer would work for the public.[/B]

Nimrod would face-off against players in a game called 'Nim' where players are given several piles of matches and take turns removing the matches from each pile. The player who removes the last match wins. Nim is actually a game that demonstrates mathematical principals so the very first gaming computer was created for demonstrative purposes only.

Nimrod was never meant for mass-production. Its size may have had something to do with this at 12 feet wide, 5 feet tall and 9 feet deep. The actual computer running the game made up only 2 per cent of the entire machine.

Unfortunately, Nimrod was dismantled soon after the exhibition. It seemed that the general public were more interested in wanting to play the game rather than the maths and science behind the machine.

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