IBM PC Oddities

Posted by  | Thursday, August 11, 2011

Donkey Magic

When I said Microsoft Adventure was the “very first PC game” earlier, I was only half correct. Sure, it was the first one you could buy in a store. But the first game many new IBM PC owners played was DONKEY.BAS.

With the help of Microsoft employee Neil Konzen, Bill Gates himself coded this whimsical donkey-avoidance game in a late-night session on an PC prototype. It came as a demo program with disk BASIC, which shipped with PC DOS in the early years. Nibbles and Gorillas, both BASIC programs themselves, took the place of DONKEY.BAS in 1991’s MS-DOS 5.0.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Stilgar Says:

    What about IBM's word processing software, Display Write 1.0? It's hard to find any good information on this product on the internet. I even remember the name of the executable "dw1" 🙂

  2. Zomg Says:

    What's bizzare and dystopian about teaching people to read? I say it's utopian. Now if they subliminally taught them to only buy IBM or become chimp plant lackeys… that would be dystopian.

  3. Pheasant Under Glass Says:

    I think the author was just showing how limited his/her vocabulary is. …ah, if only they had access to one of those evil IBM enslavement machines during their youth.