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#1 FMH

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:35

Bill Gates Wrote The First PC Game In A Night
The IBM PC shipped 30 years ago tomorrow, and every single unit came with a game that was coded by Bill Gates himself in a late night session

Harry McCracken at Technologizer has a remarkable slideshow of IBM PC oddities today.

One of the interesting bits: every IBM PC shipped with a game called DONKEY.BAS in which you drove a car and tried to avoid a donkey in the road. It was included with the disk version of BASIC, Microsoft's PC programming language, which shipped with PC-DOS, the operating system IBM commissioned Microsoft to do for its first PC.

Gates coded the game with help from employee Neil Konzen.

The first commercial game for the IBM PC was
also from Microsoft: it was called Adventure, and was a text-based game based on a similar game for mainframes.


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Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:56

So is it acceptable yet to think Bill Gates is awesome and not the Antichrist or Satan? :)

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:59

BROWN BOX
(I know, it says PC, but STILL)

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:10

I think he coded Windows ME and Vista in one night, too. Unfortunately, those did not work out so well.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:22

Gates always has and always will be one of the most brilliant minds in history.

Regardless of all the business BS people blab about, he's still a legit genius. Hats off to him for making the world a much much better place.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:33

he is for sure in the awesome category!!! smart as hell, changed the world even if you like it or not. yes you can say if it wasnt him it would have been someone else, well guess what..... it was him!! lol

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:37

I think he coded Windows ME and Vista in one night, too. Unfortunately, those did not work out so well.


:laugh:
Vista's not that bad, come on.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 04:11

FMH do you have a tiny monitor? You always make the fonts huge in your copy and pastes.


It's not the monitor. I think it is easier to read larger texts. And no, I do not have a weak eyesights or wear glasses. Posted Image But when my posts is large, I don't change the text size. Only for few paragraph.

And my inspiration: MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn...ks_and_economy/

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:56

I think he coded Windows 98, 98SE & ME in one night, too. Unfortunately, those did not work out so well.


fixed.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 13:10

fixed.

Windows 98 & 98SE were not as bad as ME (98SE was more stable than any other in he 9x family). Nice try though.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 19:46

I think he coded Windows ME and Vista in one night, too. Unfortunately, those did not work out so well.

LOL. :D

Anyway, Gates is a smart, savvy person and he has shown us in many ways. Writing a game in a single night is just one of them.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 16:12

Gates always has and always will be one of the most brilliant minds in history.

Regardless of all the business BS people blab about, he's still a legit genius. Hats off to him for making the world a much much better place.


+1

#13 compl3x

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 16:15

Probably worth noting his philanthropy, which in my view makes him pretty awesome.

#14 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 16:15

I think he coded Windows ME and Vista in one night, too. Unfortunately, those did not work out so well.

Lol more like in a night after a Bender :p



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