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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Play Spacewar

Via the Computer History Museum, you can play a java version of the first video game. According to the readme:

This is the original version! Martin Graetz provided us with a printed version of the source. We typed in in again - it was about 40 pages long - and re-assembled it with a PDP-1 assembler written in PERL. The resulting binary runs on a PDP-1 emulator written as a Java applet. The code is extremely faithful to the original. There are only two changes. 1)The spaceships have been made bigger and 2) The overall timing has been special cased to deal with varying machine speeds.
-- Spacewar Readme

Sweet history.

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