[BLUG] Looking to study further in computer science

Steven Black blacks at indiana.edu
Mon Jan 12 11:34:48 EST 2009


On Fri, Jan 09, 2009 at 07:21:37PM -0500, Paul Purdom wrote:
> Steven Black wrote:
>> You should've tried a hex editor on the saved games! That's how I
>> started.
>>   
> When I started decoding saved game files, my eventual plan was to write  
> programs to play the game (or more limitedly help automate some parts of  
> the play). Of course, one often starts minor projects that don't get  
> finished.

Minor projects that don't get finished... major projects that don't get
finished... the size of a project has no relationship with whether or
not it'll get finished, or even what the eventual size will be once it
is finished...

> Of course, when I started programming, people had not started writing  
> computer games. Had to learn lock picking to get at the computer (Royal  
> McBee) for practicing on. Caltech had a liberal attitude on having lock  
> picks just so long as you did not use them for evil purposes. The  
> compute had a 32 track hard drive for main memory.

My father told me of a science fair project where someone implimented
Conway's Game of Life in hardware. This was right here in Indiana, mind
you.

There have been computer games since before there have been personal
computers. Back in the day, they just required a little more hardware
development if you wanted something of your own...

Cheers,

-- 
Steven Black <blacks at indiana.edu> / KeyID: 8596FA8E
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