is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software
. You can play it online via HTML5
, online via Java
or download a version
for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page
. [more inside]
Fancy a $25 PC XT clone? With full Hercules graphics compatibility, peripheral support, and able to run MS-DOS and Windows 3.0? All you need is a Raspberry Pi, a C compiler, and 8086tiny
, the world's smallest full PC emulator. Clocking in at around 25k of source code, this marvel of modern science is yours to do with as you will. But wait, there's more - you get the full BIOS code _and_ binary thrown in! (Also runs on just about anything 32-bit, if you don't fancy a Pi).
If that's too big for comfort, a 4043 byte Obfuscated C version, winner of the 2013 ioccc championship, is also available.
Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry. [more inside]
It's not tough to use a computer!
Especially if you've got... Komputer Kindergarten!
A DOS attack
on Sunday, 3 June caused the moderators of the MMORPGs EVE Online
and Dust 514
to shut down the server cluster that hosted both games. The games were offline for most of the day and into the following morning, having just recently been restored. The COO of EVE's parent company, CCP, described the situation this way:
What we can now confirm is that a person was able to utilize a vulnerability in one of the back-end services that support the operation of the Tranquility server. This vulnerability has now been secured and thoroughly tested.
We would like to stress that at no time was customer data compromised or accessible in any way.
The effort of returning the complex server structure of the EVE Universe and associated websites to service in a methodical and highly-scrutinized fashion began hours ago and Tranquility has now been brought online (at 10:13 UTC). Our teams will monitor the situation carefully in the coming hours to ensure that our services are accessible and that all customer data remains secure.
CCP also took the precaution of shutting down the games' websites, and so communicated with players via Twitter
("Your patience has been legendary and appreciated.") and its Facebook page
. [more inside]
Got a few hours to kill and want to spend a little time in gaming history? Don't have anything else to do until 2013? Check out Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021
), one of the earliest 4X
games ever made, dating to 1987-88. The original version was DOS-based, but the creator, George Moromisato, released a Windows version in 2004 which has significant updates. [more inside]
The CRPG Addict
is playing every PC role-playing came in chronological order. Currently, he's playing Ultima V
. [more inside]
"The story begins unambiguously. A group of IBMers, working on a secret project to build a personal computer, flew to Seattle in August, 1980, to see if [Bill] Gates could supply them with an operating system. He couldn't -- and referred them to [Gary] Kildall [of Digital Research Inc.] When they showed up at DRI's offices the next day ... the company's business manager ... refused to sign their nondisclosure agreement.... [IBM] did get together with Kildall ... a short time later, but they couldn't reach an agreement. At around the same time, [IBM] saw Gates again. [IBM] and Gates both knew of the operating system [Tim] Paterson had built at Seattle Computer Co.... "Gates said: 'Do you want to get [QDOS], or do you want me to?' [IBM] said: 'By all means, you get it."' Gates bought Paterson's program, called QDOS, for $50,000, renamed it DOS, improved it, and licensed it to IBM for a low per-copy royalty fee."
Tim Paterson, the man who created DOS, the operating system that dominated the computer industry between 1981 and 2000, has an occasional blog
that provides a fascinating history of the microcomputer industry: Is DOS a Rip-Off of CP/M?
; The Contributions of CP/M
; Design of DOS
; The First DOS Machine
; IBM PC Design Antics
; and All Those Floppy Disk Formats…
Did you see this goal?
It's the last goal of this year's Gold Cup
, and it's one of the very best I've ever seen. I thought I'd share it. [SLYT] [more inside]
! Hotkeys! Get yer hotkeys
! Steaming hot and ready for your Windows, Macs and Linuxeses
! Even more for Macs
! We've got some for your Microsofts
and Open Offices
! For yer Adobes
, Internet Explorer
, and Opera
! And for the baker's dozen, DOS Shortcuts
and a lot more shortcuts
that also work for modern Windows systems.
Game programmer and designer Mike Dailly has been making games since he was 14, back in 1984
. It was then that he met David Jones
, Russell Kay
and Steve Hammond
at the Kingsway Amateur Computer Club, a group that gathered at Kingsway Technical College in Dundee, Scotland. These four chaps would go on to form DMA Design
, home to Lemmings
and Grand Theft Auto
, amongst other games
. Dailly has been sharing stories and materials from the archives of DMA, including The Complete History of DMA Design
, The Complete History of Lemmings
), GTA prototypes
and early game design docs
(when it was called "Race 'n' Chase"), and more.... [more inside]
- the DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac, making it beautifully, trivially easy to run DOS games
OpenTyrian is a port of the DOS shoot-em-up Tyrian (previously
). The port uses SDL
, making it easily cross-platform. Builds are available for Windows and Mac OS X [... and] for Android, Amiga, Dingoo, Dreamcast, DS, GameCube, Gizmondo, GP2X, GP32, Nokia Internet Tablets, PSP, PS3 Linux, Symbian, Wii, and Wiz
You are in a warm, dark, comfortable place. This has been your place since you became aware that you are alive. It's almost time to enter a different world now.
In 1986, Activision published a roleplaying computer game called Alter Ego
. Unlike the action and fantasy titles that ruled the day, this game simulated the course of a single ordinary life. Beginning at birth, players navigated a series of vignettes: learning to crawl, reacting to strangers, getting a first haircut. The outcome of each scenario subtly influenced one's path, and with every choice players slowly progressed through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Graphically minimalist
-- one's lifestream is represented by simple icons, and the scenarios are all text -- the game was nevertheless engaging, describing the world in a playful, good-natured tone tinged by darkness and melancholy. And it had quite a pedigree; developer and psychology PhD Peter Favaro
interviewed hundreds of people on their most memorable life experiences to generate the game's 1,200 pages of material. Unfortunately for Dr. Favaro, the game didn't sell very well. But it lives on through the web -- PlayAlterEgo.com
offers a full copy of the game free to play in your browser, and the same port is available as a $5 app for iPhone
. More: Port discussion group
- Vintage review
- Original game manual (text
may have been the big news, but there were numerous other data breaches in 2010. [more inside]
Let's take a jaunt back, to the early days of DOS
, from the early 1980s to early 1990s
. Way back to IBM PC DOS 1.00
. Back when Bill Gates wrote code
. This was the time of avoiding donkeys on the road
), gorillas lobbing explosive bananas over skyscrapers
) and a hungry line named Nibbles
[a variant of the older Snake game
). So have at it! Gorillas recreated in Flash
| Flash tribute to Gorillas
, with updated graphics | Snake
| two-player Nibbles
| Radical Snake
(now with curves) | Snake
(like Radical Snake, but with landscape obstacles) | Nibblets
(All 10 original levels from the QBasic game Nibbles, but with a new control system) | Snake/Nibbles for Vim
(download) | Donkey
(QBasic source code)
's suite of Java emulators allows smooth, in-browser playback of literally thousands
of old-school video games: 517 Atari titles
, 148 for DOS
, 636 Game Boy games
(and 410 for Game Boy Color
), 2,019 (!) NES titles
, 238 GameGear games
, 802 Sega Genesis titles
, and 284 for the Sega Master System
. Highlights include Space Invaders
, Super Mario Bros.
, The Legend of Zelda
, Zero Wing
, Duke Nukem
, Sonic the Hedgehog
, Earthworm Jim
, and Metal Gear Solid
. Use the search function
to find your favorites! You can also register an account to save games on emulators that support it. Make sure to check the purple bar below each game for control info and links to alternate emulators in case the default one is buggy or slow.
(1994) is an account of "the rise and fall of WordPerfect Corporation" from the point of view of former executive vice-president W. E. (Pete) Peterson
. [via reddit]
LiveDosGames is a free, portable, fast Linux Operating System, which contains old, but legendary Dos games
(and fits on a USB stick
Rod McFarland's Wordpress Theme's
Tired of these slick web2.0-ish blog
templates? They are either inspired by OSX or seemed to be built completely around stock photographry
. No my geeks, this interface will not cut it. I need something a bit more familiar
, something that resonates
with my inner nerd
's 1990 DOS game Railroad Tycoon
has been released as a free download
. There's no need to worry if you don't actually have a vintage DOS machine available, as it's packaged with an Windows installer that includes the full game, PDF manual, and DOSBox emulator
Classic DOS Games
: another great site to be added to the growing list of ancient game repositories. This one has a few you may have missed as well as your old favorites, divided by genre
or by publisher
- and everything is local. There are some suspicious utilities
, and useful ones (use d-fend
as a frontend for DOSbox), and even a wiki
and some developer interviews
. Other classic game sites here previously: Everyvideogame
, Home of the Underdogs
and its subsidiary, the Macintosh Garden
(for fruit lovers).
A revolution is the solution
We talked about how Ebaum's World sucks before
in the Blue, but it's looks like things have been taken a step futher with Eric Bauman's latest theft of an animated GIF of Lindsey Lohan. While script kiddies have already been concentrating on wiping Ebaum's World off the net completely, the latest swipe from ytmnd.com
(NSFW?) has caused a 'massive' DoS war against Bauman as this wonderful writeup from Vitalsecurity.org
is an open source project dedicated towards emulating DOS and many of the features of computers during DOS's heyday. It's not the only DOS emulation project
out there either.
has been discussed
before, it has often been considered the domain
of video games
Of course, who says it isn't?
Last night Hosting Matters
(and their related resellers) was taken down by a DoS attack attributed to Al-Qaeda. This attack not only disabled the intended target
but took down some 3000 sites for a significant period of time. Is this an example of cyber-terrorism
or some kid with a script?
I generally give little thought to how the Internet works, as long as it does work. Well, on Monday, 9 of the 13 "root servers"
that manage traffic on the Internet were hit with a denial of service attack
for about an hour. You can see the spike in traffic on one of the servers in this
graph. All this made me think about the fragility of the Internet and what I would do with myself if the Internet got knocked out, say, for a matter of days. Maybe I would finally learn to cook something besides pasta... What would you do?
D-O-S attack disables RIAA site.
Do you think someone's trying to make a point about one group lobbying for the power to shut down individual's computers if they SUSPECT them of doing something they don't like, and another group ALREADY having that power?
Germany Plans Infowar Against Websites?
So, Wired News reports that German Interior Minister Otto Schily has said publicly that Germany should stage denial-of-service attacks on right-wing websites housed in other countries. AOL versus Germany as WWWIII/InfoWar I?
They bagged the kid who was responsible
for all those Denial-of-Service attacks a couple of months ago. He's Canadian.
Here's an interesting legal question: could the US extradite him? The crimes were committed in the US, but he was in Canada at the time he did it, since he worked through the Internet. Whose laws apply?
(By the way, I've seen no indication that the US is considering extradition; I was just curious whether they could
DoS Attacks for Fun and Profit
- It looks like the list has expanded quite a bit this week... enough that the FBI is going to hold a press conference today at 11 PST
. This is almost enough to argue against
unlimited bandwidth for the average consumer. I hope they track the bastards down; not only does this impact the future success of eCommerce ventures, but it lends to stereotyping the technically elite as potential closet-evildoers.
Do you, a, have problems getting to Yahoo
? Yahoo was unreachable for much of the morning, and it turns out that it was apparently due to hackers
. I saw estimates that the loss of 3 hours worth of traffic meant about 58 million lost page views. How many dollars is that?