American Football Games For PC Archives

American Football Games For PC Archives

American Football Games For PC Archives

American Football Games For PC Archives


Humans have always loved to play games.  From Tag and Hide-and-Seek, to Laser Tag and Pokemon Go, to Poker and Chess, we love to play our entire lives.  

In the last hundred years, playing has gone through a meteoric transformation the advent and evolution of computers and video games.  

We left off in 1964 at Dartmouth, where the computer programming language BASIC, as well as the computer time-share system, were created.  Now John Kemeny’s quote, “everyone is a programmer” came to life.

The next year, in the same place, the first computer football game was created by a student programmer.

In 1966, Ralph Baer had an idea about playing video games on a television.  He jotted down some notes, laying the foundation for his television video game development.   

In a year’s time, he’d developed his “Brown Box,” a wood-paneled prototype offering tennis and other video games for television play.

In 1968, Baer put the patent on his interactive television game, which would become the design for the first home video game system, released by Magnavox just four years later, a game by the name of Odyssey.

In 1970, Scientific American’s “Mathematical Games” column features the rules for John Conway’s “Game of Life.”  Life is a “zero-player game” that evolves based on its initial input, and is then simply observed.    

In 1971, some college students in Minnesota created a simulation of the early American pioneers’ journey west.  Oregon Trail was originally played on a single teletype machine, but was later nationally distributed by the Minnesota Educational Computer Consortium.  

Oregon Trail was a popular game, played by impressionable children all over the country in school computer labs, and is indelibly inked on popular culture and collective memory.  

Even now, one can purchase a t-shirt online with the iconic green-on-black 8-bit image of the ox-pulled covered wagon, with matching lettering that says, “you have died of dysentery.”  

The game is even available online for streaming play, for you nostalgic gamers!

1972 saw the release of another icon.   Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Atari, assigned a training exercise to Allan Alcorn.  Alcorn submitted a 2-D table tennis game, inspired by the Magnavox Odyssey’s ping-pong game.  (Of course, the similarity was the cause for a later lawsuit against Atari.)  

Atari developed Alcorn’s design and built it into a coin-operated arcade game cabinet.  They put the coin-operated arcade game in a tavern in California for testing.  But before long, it stopped working…  because it was so full of quarters that it jammed!!  The arcade legend Pong was born.

The sweeping success of Odyssey and Pong helped establish the videogame industry.

Soon after the release of Pong, other companies began producing similar games, followed by new types of games.  Atari continued competing with more innovative games, and the industry, and the market, took off.  

Stay tuned for the future!!

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A Brief History of Gaming

Part 1:  The Beginning

Since the dawn of time, humans have loved to play games. From Hide-and-Seek and Tag, to Chess and Poker, to Monopoly and Pokemon, we love to play our entire lives.

In the last hundred years, playing has been revolutionized with the advent and evolution of computers and video games.

Alan Turing designed the Bombe, a codebreaker for German Enigma messages. He had been developing an idea for a “general computing machine,” which came to be known as the Universal Turing Machine. This was the brainchild of modern computers. The Turing Machine was a concept for a programmable machine that could be programmed to do anything, using a scanner and memory-tape.

The first ‘real’ computers were Britain’s Colossus and America’s ENIAC, both of which took up half of an entire room. They were developed by the military to help the Allies decrypt Nazi code in World War II.

Since then, academics, computer scientists, and programmers developed the first interactive computer-based simulations and games for military and civilian use.


At the 1940 World’s Fair, Edward Condon’s machine,

called Computer (picture) offered players a whole new world

of play, with the game “Nim,” which was a pick-up-sticks game,

the object was to have the opponent pick up the last stick.

Thousands of people played against Computer.

Less than 10% of the human players were victorious.


In the 1940s and 1950s, computers continued to develop in the military, where they were used for wargames, military training, and to create and decipher codes.

In 1948, Alan Turing and David Champernowne wrote a chess simulation named Turochamp. It was never implemented.

More custom machines emerged to entertain patrons at conventions and other gatherings.

Josef Kates’s machine, Bertie the Brain, played tic-tac-toe at the 1950 Canadian National Exhibition.

Another machine named Nimrod played the game Nim, and made appearances at the 1951 Festival of Britain, as well as the Berlin International Show.

In 1954, at the New Mexico Los Alamos labs, programmers developed the first blackjack computer game on an IBM-701, a computer whose operating console alone was about the size of a vending machine. Its processing frame was another, separate, equally massive unit.

The first computer version of the game Checkers was also on an IBM-701, demonstrated in 1956 by Arthur Samuel, on national television. It only took six years for the computer program to defeat a master Checkers player.

In 1957, Alex Bernstein created the first Chess computer program, on an IMB-704. The program was so advanced that it could “think” four half-moves ahead.

In 1958, the first tennis computer game was created for public demonstration. It used an analog computer and an oscilloscope. Although short-lived and soon dismantled, it was the first iteration and inspiration for future games, like Pong.

In 1960, an IBM programmer developed, in his free time, the first baseball simulation.

In 1962, an MIT student invents the first computer video game. Spacewar! was a big hit, spreading across the country over the next several years, creating a gaming community, market, and target audience.

The computer programming language BASIC was created in 1964, at Dartmouth, which opened the door for the next wave of interactive computer games to be created.

Stay tuned for the future!! (:

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How to Watch and Stream NFL Games Online (some for free)

Watching NFL games online has become a common occurrence. Some ways require a subscription to stream, some are free with your service, some are (cough, cough) possibly illegal, but all options can help you with the cord cutting from cable TV or to simply enjoy the game on the go. So, how do you watch NFL games online, whether for free or paid?

How to Stream NFL Games

Here are your best streaming options with the season ahead.

NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass from the NFL started up in 2015. This is for the fan who wants to stream and catch up on it all after-the-fact in the regular season. It gives fans access to live out-of-market preseason games, replays of every game, the NFL Films Archive, and more. This service is great if you can't catch the game live, or just want to watch other games you missed while watching a different game. Obviously the biggest drawback is that it doesn't allow you to watch games (except for preseason) as they're happening live. Still, for those who want to consume massive amounts of football online (after the games air), it's a great option as you can view it on your TV, smartphone, or tablet with the NFL app (see link at the bottom to download app). Prices run $100 for a full year, but a free 7-day trial is available.

Fox Sports Go

Fox is airing a lot of NFC games this year once again. If you want to watch the game airing in your market, visit Fox Sports Go and sign into your TV provider to watch the game on your digital devices. Another option is to download the Fox Sports Go app (see link at the bottom to download the app), which allows you to stream live sports on your phone. The app also allows you to watch top highlights and catch up on NFL game replays on demand. 

CBS All Access

This year, most NFL games are split between the Fox (see above) and CBS networks, with ESPN and NBC (see below) getting a few games here and there. For those on CBS (and there are many, largely with AFC teams), check out CBS All Access. For $6 per month, fans can stream the NFL on CBS and watch their live local games on desktop and streaming media players. Currently, CBS is allowing you to try it out for one free week. Take note, however, that NFL games are not available on CBS All Access on mobile phones. So you'll need to break out a different device to watch them. 


For Monday Night Football you have to turn to ESPN. But in order to watch it streaming live on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or TV-connected device, you have to log into your TV provider. So, if you don't have cable/TV provider, it won't work. Still, it's a great option if you're on the road or away from your home TV.

NFL Network

The NFL Network provides several ways to watch games: via the NFL App on smartphones, tablets, PS4, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. On your PC or Mac desktop or laptop, visit to watch the NFL Network and NFL RedZone. But like several options, to access their content you have to log into your TV provider or pay a subscription to see programs and games if you don't have a TV provider. The biggest reason for die-hard football fans to get the NFL Network is that they'll be the main TV source for several Thursday Night Football games, starting in Week 2 (Sept. 17). 

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video will deliver a live stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience across devices during the 2020 NFL seasons. Amazon Prime will stream the 11 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by FOX, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes, once again securing the league's "Tri-Cast" model of broadcast (FOX), cable (NFL Network, FOX Deportes), and digital (Amazon Prime Video) distribution. The Thursday Night Football games will be made available to the over 100 million Amazon Prime members worldwide in over 200 countries and territories, on the Prime Video app for TVs, game consoles, and connected devices, which includes Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices, and online. Just one more reason we like Amazon Prime. 

Beginning in Week 5, Thursday Night Football will debut for free on Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch.

Related: Free Streaming Services and Sites to Watch Movies and TV


Yes, this is what they're talking about when they say cord-cutting. This service, which starts at $50 per month, allows you to stream TV (and football games) on your smartphone, computer, or big screen with a compatible streaming device. Available channels include ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports 1, CBS, ABC, and NBCSN. That means you'll get Monday Night Football, some Thursday Night Football, and some regular-season games, depending on which city you live in. Want more football? Check out the NFL Sunday Ticket. This package gives you access to games that you may not be able to watch on broadcast channels. Say your favorite NFL team is located in another city...or your hometown team sucks. With a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket, you get access to out-of-market games unavailable through your local network affiliates. But it's not cheap. Its base package starts at $55 per month. In short, it allows you to stream out-of-market games on your computer, smartphone, game console, or Smart TV. 

Verizon Wireless

Good news, Verizon customer, you can watch local football games for free as well as nationally televised matches, including Thursday, Sunday, and Monday Night Football games, the playoffs, and the Super Bowl. But, of course, you'll need an app to do so, and this is only available on your mobile device. Fans will be able to stream games on the NFL Mobile app. 


Again, here's a real cable cord-cutter. This live streaming service has all the mainstream local channels available: NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. That means every NFL game up to and including the Super Bowl, are yours to watch every Sunday, based on their local availability. The cost is up to $64.99 per month, so it's not free. But you can watch it on your mobile devices, computer, and TV via streaming apps.

NBC Sports

We'll keep this one simple: NBC Sports has the rights to air Sunday Night Football games during the 2019 season. Games will be available to stream live on their NBC Sports App. 

Reddit NFL Streams

There are a few places on Reddit that can help you find NFL streams to watch games. But the best central location on the site is probably r/nflstreams. The site offers free options, up-to-date links for all games, and the best ways to use paid services. In other words, if you can't find it here, you're not going to find it.

Yahoo Sports

Yahoo Sports allows fans to watch free and unauthenticated all local and primetime games through their sports app. Since last this season, they've extended it to their Yahoo Fantasy Football mobile app as well, giving fans a free fantasy-friendly environment to watch games as well. 

To make it easy for you, here's a rundown of links to online apps to help you watch and stream NFL games online, for both Apple and Android users.


NBC Sports App

Fox Sports Go App

Amazon Prime Video App

WatchESPN App

CBS All Access App

Yahoo Sports App

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