RetrochallengedPosted: July 2, 2012
I’d written before about the PDP-11/60 I used in high school and the programs I wrote for it. I was a video gamer all the way through, even then. I am best remembered amongst my classmates for the “port” of Pac-Man, which was then and still now a very popular game; I was inordinately proud of the way I somehow got sprites and collision detection on a 80×24 text terminal over a 4800 baud serial line.
I lost the source code, but a few summers ago, I got RSTS/E running on an instance of SIMH and managed to replicate the original experience of high school computer life as much as possible. I even started to design a new version of Pac-Man (“Hac-Man”, for legal reasons) but SATV work picked back up again and I had to put it aside.
It would be a good item for a contest. Stay tuned.