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BASIC Computer Games: Microcomputer Edition Paperback – November, 1978
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blast from the past & the early days of computers, this oversized softcover was just recovered from hoarder husband's storage. It is Near Fine: would be BRAND NEW, but he made some pencil notes on the "Super Star Trek" game. Else, completely clean, beautifully white pages, colors bright, NO fading, NO creasing. Binding strong & straight, NO writing, highlighting, or underlining other than that mentioned above, NOT ex-lib, NOT BCE. This is the 11th printing, per number line, of the First Edition from 1978. Please see our 5 photos! Description copyright Gargoyle Books 2014. Same Day Shipping on all orders received by 2 pm (Noon Saturdays) Pacific time; else next day (except Sundays & holidays). SPECIAL: order the companion volume (More BASIC Computer Games) at the same time & ship both for the price of one!
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That said, I have yet to find a better collection of old BASIC games, and this includes some classics, like Battleship, Conway's Game of Life, and Checkers. I would also point out that the book does a good job using very portable basic commands that are ubiquitous among the many versions of BASIC, which is nice.
When I recently came across a copy of Ahl's "Basic Computer Games" I had to snatch it up immediately. There, contained in 101 program listings are games of varying degrees of quality, but many the games from that Golden Age are in there. Especially that Star Trek(TM) game. [Star Trek is a trademark of the Paramount Pictures Corporation]
Many of the games are just plain silly. Who knows why Ahl included them? Bunny, Poetry, Combat, just to name a few. But there are enough good ones in there to elicit a wave of nostalgia in those of us who lived through (and gamed through) those golden times.
It has all the line numbers and the full program in easy to understand language.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to programme in BASIC.
Unfortunately, the fact that the book is so old means it's written for an obsolete dialect of BASIC; Microsoft 8080 BASIC (MITS Altair BASIC, Rev. 4.0). As-is, this book is useless to modern programming. The only solution, of course, is to translate it from the obsolete dialect, to a newer dialect that's actually supported by modern computers. With any luck, doing so will help me (and you!) get a better understanding of the modern dialect-of-choice (FreeBasic, for me), as well as the features that dialect presents. Good luck!
Update: The code actually isn't as obsolete as I thought it was. It still works with qb64. It's even fun updating the code from Microsoft BASIC to QuickBASIC. It's still only four stars, though. Why? Well, for one thing, the coding style is insanely inconsistent. This is understandable The games are apparently collected from magazine articles. It would still be nice, however, if there was at least proper credit to the programmers that wrote the articles, so that the readers would have an idea what to expect in terms of style.
Not only that, but some of the code simply does not work. I wrote the code for War exactly as it was in the book, and it kept freezing up. Taking a closer look at the code, the shuffling algorithm wasn't just an infinite loop, it was an infinite figure eight! I've since cleaned this up and got it working, but now I'm suspicious of the code in the rest of the book.