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This made the game more interesting by adding graphics, but was the death warrant to the source, as when that computer died, so did the specially modified source for it. Lunar Lander had several versions, later becoming a full graphical game. Many early programs were inspiration for later, more complex games.The gaming empire that became Quake started as a humble Apple computer game named "Castle Wolfenstein". Later they became a standard computer accessory for cheap input and output. For a budding computer hobbyist, it was the thing to have after you got your first computer. The period of time for Classic Basic, as I define it was short, from about 1976 to 1980 at the latest. These units were used originally by people like Western Union to transmit telegrams.Some of these might have been printing errors, some may have been original program errors.The original book is available online: And on Amazon: Thus, hopefully, the programs are titled with the proper authors.Readers will note that the "More Basic Computer Games", the sequel to the collection, does not appear here.
Unfortunately, the programs in the book had been reproduced from listings made on a dot matrix printer, and attempts to OCR it yielded nothing but garbage.If you got one, for the steep price of about 00, and then put it together, not a small feat, what you got was a big blue box with lights on the front. Next, a lit bit was walked across each of the front panel lights in turn, marquee style. These elementary Basic programs are still perhaps the only collection of programs that can honestly be said to run on any computer, anywhere.If you did your homework correctly, those lights did the right things, and after carefully reading the manual, and inputting several byte instructions, painstakingly flipping each bit of the byte, 8 bits, then hitting enter for each byte, you could actually get the machine to do something sensible with the lights on the front. Finally, the game "shoot the duck" was entered, which rotated a light across the row of lights. This property alone makes a museum collection worthwhile.I also found that the games have been modified from the original book form.Some of the modifications were useful, such as printing out instructions for how to play the game, that only appeared in the original book.
I have the book, but I have not found more than a very few of the programs in computer source form.