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Browser Emulation of 1975 Computer Runs First 16-Bit Home Game 40

An anonymous reader writes "Following up on the 2009 story about the first graphics game written for a 16-Bit Home PC, I thought Slashdot readers might be interested in seeing the game in question running in their browsers. The original hardware has been emulated and loaded with the original machine code transcribed from PDF scans. Some brief background here."
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Browser Emulation of 1975 Computer Runs First 16-Bit Home Game

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  • Cool! (Score:5, Funny)

    by drosboro (1046516) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @12:41PM (#39588055)

    Okay, now I just need someone to be my "player 2"... :)

    • My WSAD skills are rearing up to harm me in this game.

      W - Up
      S - Right
      A - Left
      Z - Down

      I can't imagine trying to play Player 1 and Player 2 at the same time.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Bitch, please!

        W - up; A- left ; S - down; D - right.

        That's how god almighty intended.

      • Apparently you can fire a torpedo as well . . . but since no controls are given and my boss is here I don't have the time to figure out how.

  • Fortunately 1975 home computers were invulnerable to inadvertent DDOS attacks so there's no chance this site will be slashd.... oh never mind.
  • Can someone please tell me what 16 bit home computer was around in 1975?

    The first home computers were all 8 bit

    • Re:Rewriting history (Score:4, Informative)

      by MightyMartian (840721) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @01:20PM (#39588627) Journal

      If you read the article, you will find that Adam's brother built a custom 16-bit PC.

    • Re:Rewriting history (Score:5, Informative)

      by Zocalo (252965) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @01:20PM (#39588635) Homepage
      One that the author of the game, Richard Adams, built himself. There's a link to some background, including pictures, in the first link in TFS, but since this is Slashdot and people don't like to RTFS, here the link [].
      • by Dishevel (1105119)

        My favorite part of that page was this statement.

        This page contains links to relevant pages at wikipedia and other external sources. These are identified by the text that is colored and underlined. Click on them to open new windows or tabs.

        Purely Awesome.

    • by Desler (1608317)

      It was a custom-built computer by the author's brother using an IMP16 chip.

    • by hairyfeet (841228)

      It was a one off homebrew. Back then you could get a hell of a lot of chips straight from the manufacturers and guys would often cook up these 'one offs" mixing and matching all kinds of parts and then stuff them into Altair style cases. I don't think there was a COTS 16 bit PC until the mid 80s though.

      man kids today don't know how easy they have it, why even the COTS computers of the day basically just gave you a cursor prompt and you were on your own, if you wanted it to actually do anything you had to

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Can using a charset really be counted as "graphics" ?
  • by ilsaloving (1534307) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @01:23PM (#39588681)

    Games sure sucked back then, didn't they? ;)

    (I can't wait to see someone write that in a forum 30 years from now, when they look back at todays games)

  • The display is made up of PNG images. For "emulated hardware", that's a bit disappointing.

    I was hoping for something a little more like this [].

  • by Anonymous Coward

    No game can be complete without DLC, multiple levels of hardware-enforced DRM, anti-trading policies, forced to be on the Internet every second of play, and random bans of networked IDs just to show that the game company means business, and that the debugger installed with VS *might* be considered a hacking tool.

    Meh... unless it is on a locked down console, it isn't worth playing.

  • I think that would look really sweet.

  • I still have to get around to asking Scott Adams where the friggin' lamp was in "Voodoo Castle". My VIC-20 died before I could find the thing.
  • this reminds me of notch's new game 0x10c
  • 16 bits is $2.00, was really expensive for a computer in the 70s!
  • by forkfail (228161) on Thursday April 05, 2012 @03:45PM (#39590809)

    ... that I played on a teletype terminal connected to a mainframe that resided in the Lawrence Hall of Science (associated with UCB).

    Now get off my lawn.

  • Of course, we TRS-80 Color Computer enthusiasts would try to claim that somehow we were the first 16-bit home computer owners, but anyway.

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