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posted by Fnord666 on Friday May 08 2020, @05:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the frobizz dept.

Source code for seminal adventure game Zork on dead mainframe exhumed onto GitHub:

Source code for seminal adventure game has been Zork[sic] recovered and published on GitHub.

While classic adventure games (aka interactive fiction) are well represented in the Internet Archive - there's plenty of playable Zork versions here - this new trove is source code that's been retrieved from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tapes of Tech Square (ToTS) collection at the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections (DDC).

If you access the repo and its README you're told the source was written "in the MDL programming language written on a PDP-10 timeshare computer running the ITS operating system".

[...] The code in the repo comes from 1977, before the game was commercialised but at a time it was informally distributed.

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  • (Score: 2) by martyb on Saturday May 09 2020, @03:33AM

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 09 2020, @03:33AM (#991946) Journal

    Back in the early 80s when I was at DEC, I remember printing on a line printer (with just 2 or 3 pages of 132-column, green-bar paper) the a map of the *entire* DECNET network. With plain old ASCII characters for *everything*.

    +-----------+    +-----------+
    | MAR-VAX-1 |----| MAY-T20-3 |--- ...
    +-----------+    +-----------+
          |                |
          |                +----

    (There was more but I had to chop it out to bypass the site lameness filter for "too much whitespace or repetition".)

    DECNET -- yes, local or remote -- from the user side of things they were equivalent (except for network delays, of course!).

    I've occasionally wondered how much DECNET path-names influenced Microsoft's UNC [] names.

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