I remember also being stuck on the first level and then on the copy-protection. Until one day while pressing random keyboard combinations I noted that a game was saved. At the same point, my father had this XTree Gold program in the computer (like DOSSHell but better), and it had a HEX view... when you opened the .SAV file in this view, you had only like 8 or 9 bytes. I remember my excitement when I changed that 01 to 02 and boom! after loading the game I started in level 2 .
Back in school (I was in 6th grade at that time) my friends had no clue what had I done to get past that copy protection level.
It was downhill for me and cracking at that point... I was not interested in playing but more on doing reverse engineering on different games and programs.
You are being very unfair to that era. Even cutting edge software like Norton Utilities did the same, although they XORed the passwords. That passed as encryption then.
C:\> prince megahit
to get unlimited lives and level skipping.
I bought it immediately upon finishing the PDF, and my Kindle's battery is dead..
I read both books 4 or 5 times, basically once a year everytime I start having doubts about being indie (non-game) developer.
*It is actually working fine after a refresh. shift + L for next level, shift + T for more lives (you have to ctrl quit and then start with Prince.exe megahit)
Karateka may make me as little as $75,000 all told, and it’s at the top of the charts. Tere’s no guarantee the new game will be as successful."
What. $75,000 for a 21 year old in 1985? ($180,000 today.)
Why did he seem so upset about that?
"February 13, 1982
Scott Barnes from Hayden called. Will they ever publish Asteroids? It’s been over a year — fifteen months — since I submitted it and they accepted it. (Sigh.)
If they only sell 1,000 copies, I’ll make $4,500 — if they sell 5,000, I’ll make $22,500 — ridiculously high sums of money. Right now I only have $500, counting everything. So why am I not on the phone with them every morning, pushing, pushing?
Oh well. When I finish Deathbounce and sell it, I’ll be rich and then I can stop worrying about money for the next few years."
It was one of the faster modern games available at the time.
The XT could run a surprising number of modern games in the late 80s e.g. Police Quest, Budokan, Monkey Island, etc.
A career narrative from Rich Geldreich (of http://www.binomial.info/): https://sites.google.com/site/richgel99/
The Making of Warcraft: http://www.codeofhonor.com/blog/the-making-of-warcraft-part-...
SimCity, Part 1: Will Wright’s City in a Box: http://www.filfre.net/2016/06/simcity-part-1-will-wrights-ci...
While I don't have a directly useful list, one source I can recommend is Humble Bundle (humblebundle.com), which also runs book bundle sales (where sometimes the topic is gaming). I've seen it have some game related book bundles over the years.
Another site to keep an eye on is Story Bundle (storybundle.com), which is somewhat similar to Humble Bundle, but focuses only on books.
Unfortunately, the bundles on these sites are always available only for a limited time.
You can see past Humble Bundle books at https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/humble-bundle
You can see past Story Bundle books at https://storybundle.com/archive
Also for Fallout fans (the first game):
(EDIT: unrelated to Prince of Persia, I just like Fallout)
I agree about being poor negotiators when we’re young - and young is only a function of how long you have spent in the field you’re negotiating.
Not only in the field, i think it's also about general life experience and dealing with people.
One of those things that you look back at and can't believe it.
- JULY 5, 1985
I love reading stuff like this.
I can’t help but feel that the generation before mine was a lot more well rounded as individuals.
What was that back in 1984 dollars? I remember my dad buying just a VCR from Fretter electronics when I was a kid and it was like $700.