Remember Type-In Games?

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icepeople
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Re: Remember Type-In Games?

Postby icepeople » January 29th, 2020, 3:48 pm

I had a Color Computer and have been able to play a huge number of type-in games from The Rainbow magazine (the main CoCo publication) using the Rainbow on tape/disk files easily found at plenty of archive/fan sites. I'm sure there are similar archives for other machines.

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scotland
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Re: Remember Type-In Games?

Postby scotland » May 9th, 2020, 4:15 pm

Type-in games also led to experimentation, what we'd call hacks today. Not just adjusting parameters, but using it as the core of a larger program too. I learned about how computers made sound, the difference between an interpreter and a compiler, etc.

Still have quite a book-shelf of type-in games, from the earlier ones like the Tim Hartnell and David Ahl books where the programs are pretty universal and a glossary in the back helps adapt it to whatever computer you had, to later ones that were machine specific to the TI99 or TRS-80 or whatever system you had.


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