From a file dated 10/7/1984. I had a hooks-up-to-your-TV computer and a gaming system at that time, and wouldn’t see this until years later. Here’s a selection of games you would’ve gotten from an electronic magazine subscription if you ordered Disk No 228. Probably “PC Magazine”. Yeah, the magazine was distributed on disks. Pre-Internet, pre-BBS.
Magazines. Disks. BASIC code. The alternative was to type all the code in yourself from books you could get at the library.
Things have improved by a lot but, just like the future that hasn’t come yet, WE’RE “making do” with the technology we have today.
Someday, they’ll laugh at 2015 just as we laugh at this stuff now.
I actually think it’s kinda cool. Nuclear War on your computer. Nintendo hadn’t even come out yet. [I had Mattel Intellivision my mom got used from a garage sale for cheap, and a Tandy Color Computer 2 she just bought new. My start of at home programming. [the computers at school were Apple ][ which sucked. I liked the Mac when it came out but not the Apple ][. I dunno why. Competition I guess).
Disk No 228 GAMES v1
CRIBBAGE BAS Game..Same rules as board game one player vs PC
CRIBBAGE BLD Subroutines for CRIBBAGE.BAS
PAC-GAL EXE Game..Eatem up dots
COLSLOT BAS One arm bandit in color Its a winner (req color)
FIREFIRE BAS Game..Reflexes on keyboard
MAZE BAS Produces mazes of any size for screen or printer
T-ROAD BAS A neat and interesting adventure game
SLOT BAS Same as you have but graphics are much better and in color
VAMPIRE BAS Adventure game.
NEWFONT BAS The program in pc. not sure if you want it but it saves time typing it out.
NUKE-SF BAS A well done nuclear war demo.
October 7, 1984. Even to me, the idea that anything computer/programming related even existed then blows my mind even. It shows me that THE FUTURE is going to be even more amazing than 2015. I don’t see any reason why you won’t look back at 2015 someday and go, OMG WE WERE SO BACKWARDS THEN but it was still awesome.. .for the time, like I’m saying now.