The tentacle, the monkey and the motorcycle
This article was previously published in The Loop Magazine, but as today is the 30th Anniversary of the Mac, and it was such an integral part of my early gaming experience, I thought I’d put it out there.
One of the first computer games I can actually remember playing was Asteroids. I was sitting on the carpet of my best friend’s room and we were taking turns on his machine, probably a Victor 9000, which sported a monochrome green phosphor monitor.
I remember the experience so vividly. The pebbled texture of the 5 ¼" floppy, the ka-chunk sound of the drive lock, the burping and whirring as the machine read the disk and executed the program. The keys had that beefy tension and satisfying clack that you can only find in boutique keyboards now. The games rules were incredibly rudimentary, but there was the beginnings of a real physics engine there, with coast and...
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