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Space War for the Altair

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  • c_swiger
    If anyone s interested, I m just finishing up the Oct. 1977 Byte magazine project Space War for the Altair (or any 8080/Z80 for that matter) which can be
    Message 1 of 1 , May 15, 2000
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      If anyone's interested, I'm just finishing up the
      Oct. 1977 "Byte" magazine project "Space War" for the
      Altair (or any 8080/Z80 for that matter) which can be
      made available as a 2 minute .mp3 file for the 88-ACR.
      This slightly custom version needs: an input port at
      13h for 8 buttons (two players, each w/ cw,ccw,thrust
      and fire), and a two channel 8-bit DAC at C0000/C001
      for XY output to a 'scope. This program beats
      'StarTrek' hands down, as it's a real video arcade style
      game, published one month before the Atari VCS 2600 was
      released, when people pretty much only had pong/tennis at
      home. Of course it runs on an oscilloscope instead of a
      TV so it's a little harder to watch, but has nice
      smooth motion.<br><br>More info on Space War (which goes
      back to early '60 MIT days) and a playable java
      version (running the original PDP-1 instructions in an
      at:<br><br><a href=http://www.enteract.com/~enf/lore/spacewar/spacewar.html target=new>http://www.enteract.com/~enf/lore/spacewar/spacewar.html</a><br><br>and
      <br><br><a href=http://el.www.media.mit.edu/groups/el/Projects/spacewar/ target=new>http://el.www.media.mit.edu/groups/el/Projects/spacewar/</a><br><br>Of course, even the 1975 Altair version isn't quite
      as spiffy as the 1961 PDP-1 version, but it's still
      loads of fun to play with!<br><br> Chuck
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