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posted by n1 on Saturday May 03 2014, @12:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the found-in-a-misty-graveyard dept.

El Reg reports:

The source code for MUD1, a multi-user dungeon created at the University of Essex in 1978, and generally held to have been the world's first online multi-player game, has been recovered.

The code has landed at Stanford University, which says it has secured permission to redistribute the game's blueprints from the authors Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw.

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @02:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @02:39AM (#39147)

    According to which omniscient council of historical truth? How do we know some unknown guy didn't make something in his basement even earlier?

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Tork on Saturday May 03 2014, @03:21AM

    by Tork (3914) on Saturday May 03 2014, @03:21AM (#39149)
    Because if he's the only one that played it it's not a MUD...?
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    • (Score: 1) by hopp on Saturday May 03 2014, @03:27AM

      by hopp (2833) on Saturday May 03 2014, @03:27AM (#39150)

      What if he had Dissociative Identity Disorder?

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:17AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:17AM (#39160)

    It is from Essex. There is a trend for Brits to claim to be the first in various technology in spite of evidence or through technicalities. It is a cultural thing like American 'Exceptionalism'. In this case there have been networked games going back to the early '70's. I do recall Spacewar (1962) being able to be played from far off distances on terminals. That likely does not count for their definition of 'online multi-player'.

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Saturday May 03 2014, @07:29AM

      by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Saturday May 03 2014, @07:29AM (#39176) Homepage
      If some dudes back in the 1800s had written
      """
      I have no idea what one is, but this is supposedly a UDP/IP header, and the payload is the following chess move:
      23. a5-b7
      """
      and put it on a carrier pigeon's leg - would that have been an online multiplayer game?
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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:36AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 03 2014, @06:36AM (#39164)

    Al Gore invented MUDs.