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Title    Source Code for Seminal Adventure Game Zork on Dead Mainframe Exhumed Onto GitHub
Date    Friday May 08 2020, @05:32PM
Author    Fnord666
Topic   
from the frobizz dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/05/08/1512258

upstart writes in with an IRC submission for Bytram:

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.


Original Submission

Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "Source code for seminal adventure game Zork on dead mainframe exhumed onto GitHub" - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/08/zork_source_code_released/
  3. "on GitHub" - https://github.com/historicalsource/zork-1977-source
  4. "here" - https://archive.org/details/software?and[]=Zork&sin=
  5. "Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tapes of Tech Square (ToTS) collection" - https://archivesspace.mit.edu/repositories/2/resources/1265
  6. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=40910

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