[TUHS] Gaming on early Unix
gdiaz at qswarm.com
Mon Dec 9 18:41:02 AEST 2019
Than you all!
I've found a game demo on youtube on a working PDP-1 at the computer history museum.
Spacewars demo https://youtu.be/1EWQYAfuMYw?t=838
Video from the start https://youtu.be/1EWQYAfuMYw
The whole video show a music program, the display adapter, the spacewars demo and the light-pen.
Pretty amazing machine.
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El lunes, diciembre 9, 2019 3:19 AM, Ken Thompson via TUHS <tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org> escribió:
> space war. (old age)
> On Sun, Dec 8, 2019 at 6:15 PM Rob Pike robpike at gmail.com wrote:
> > Space war?
> > -rob
> > On Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 1:11 PM Ken Thompson ken at google.com wrote:
> > > my favorite is the original star wars on the pdp-1.
> > > i think it came from lincoln labs, but i played it
> > > in 1965-1966 at stanford.
> > > a very good replica was done on unix by dmr.
> > > On Sun, Dec 8, 2019 at 6:03 PM Rob Pike robpike at gmail.com wrote:
> > >
> > > > My favorite (other than Nuke the Smileys) was written at the UofT by Hugh Redelmeier. It was a version of tic-tac-toe that played only a single line, and would always win. If it didn't like your move, it changed it. If your move was a good one, it would change its previous move. And it did this with lovely little messages. It was fun watching people get upset at it.
> > > > I don't know where the source is nowadays. I may have it somewhere, or it might be ferric dust long since swept up from a cupboard of failed 9-track tapes.
> > > > -rob
> > > > On Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 11:47 AM Adam Thornton athornton at gmail.com wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > > On Dec 8, 2019, at 5:35 PM, Ken Thompson via TUHS tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org wrote:
> > > > > > in the early 70s, noone had seen a computer.
> > > > > > i had a terminal at home and we were giving
> > > > > > a dinner party. i wrote several games for the
> > > > > > party from the back of an off-the-shelf puzzle
> > > > > > book.
> > > > > > the ones i remember:
> > > > > > moo (bulls + cows)
> > > > > > hunt the wumpus (move or shoot)
> > > > > > learning tic-tac-toe
> > > > > > i can guess your number (divide and conquer)
> > > > > > jealous husbands (similar to fox hen corn)
> > > > > > nim
> > > > > > i think there were more. they went over
> > > > > > pretty well at the party.
> > > > > > i think this was 1969 or 1970.
> > > > >
> > > > > Clarification, please.
> > > > > Was “Hunt the Wumpus” from the back of an off-the-shelf puzzle book? I thought it was by Gregory Yob (per the Creative Computing BASIC Computer Games book—Wumpus may have been in More BASIC Computer Games), and, well, it’s about dodecahedronal geometry, which seems as if it would only have been found in a rather rarefied puzzle book, but does seem like the sort of Platonic solid a computer-programming nerd in the early 1970s would have known about.
> > > > > Adam
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