Duck-dragons, dancing raccoons, and robots
March 28, 2008 2:38 PM Subscribe
posted by wanderingmind (12 comments total)
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Inspired by this earlier post
, I thought it was time to formally introduce people to Rocky's Boots.
Created in 1982 by Warren Robinett
, Rocky's Boots was intended to teach digital logic to elementary-school kids. It was a sort of spiritual sequel (in that you also play a rectangle who can pick up and drop stuff) to his better-known game, Atari Adventure
. Robinett is not only entirely responsible for that game (including the duck-dragons), but was the inventor of the Easter Egg, used there to make sure people knew whose work it was
; it was Atari's policy at the time to never name its programmers or let them share in the profits from the sale of the games they'd spent so much hard work on.
After leaving Atari, Robinett got funding from the NSF to found The Learning Company
, which, in addition to producing Rocky's Boots, also came out with a much more difficult sequel two years later called Robot Odyssey
, which has the player burning microchips and rigging up automated robots to solve puzzles. Robot Odyssey itself has been given an enhanced port to Java
, although it hasn't been updated in a while.