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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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Pleasure Before Business

Man is a game-playing animal, and a computer is another way to play games.

–Scott Adams, computer-game software pioneer

Long before high-level languages and operating systems simplified programming, computer enthusiasts created games. They drew their inspiration mostly from the arcade games that were then becoming popular. The early microcomputer games were often just simpler versions of Missile Command, Asteroid, and others.

Early PC Games

Games provided the early hobbyists justification for having a computer. When friends questioned the utility of having such a machine, these hobbyists could show off a clever game, perhaps Steve Dompier’s Target or Peter Jennings’s Microchess, and listen to the oohs and aahs. ...

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