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RE: IE Web Browser: "Sitting Duck"
From: <Glenn_Everhart () bankone com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 08:53:57 -0400

Actually many games in Fortran appeared on DECUS sigtapes and
library media over the years. Pacman, invaders, adventure, many more.

The ones I recall used VT100 graphics but were eminently playable. Even
a version of the original Spacewar was at one time available in Fortran.
(I used to have it on tape, but bit rot got to it.)

For those not in the know, Spacewar had at least 2 rockets in the vicinity
of a sun. They could rotate right or left, accelerate in the direction they
were pointing, or fire torpedoes. Some versions had homing torpedoes
and/or hyperspace ("the hyperspace generators are unreliable so every time
you enter hyperspace you have a fraction, something like 1/7, chance of appearing
and immediately exploding on reentry to normal space.") Also homing torpedoes
were slower than normal ones. Ships got a finite number of torpedoes and ships
and torpedoes were subject to gravity. It was/is a good game.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:full-disclosure-admin () lists netsys com]On Behalf Of Dave
Horsfall
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 2:17 AM
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Subject: RE: [Full-disclosure] IE Web Browser: "Sitting Duck"


On Wed, 7 Jul 2004, joe wrote:

Of course you had FORTRAN and COBOL as well but you couldn't do fun
games in those.

You mean like Adventure?  I still have the original FORTRAN source for
that somewhere on a tape.

-- Dave

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