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How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, Tenth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Chapter 7. How Games Create New Worlds

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When I bought my first computer waaaay back in 1980, I told my wife that I could use it to make money. And as it turned out that was true. Within a few months I had snagged an assignment to create a database that more than covered the $3,000 I had paid for my Eagle II.

But deep in my heart of hearts, I wanted a computer so I could play games. I had seen some games on a friend’s Apple, and in computer stores watched open-mouthed as Flight Simulator created a flexible, organic world in real time. Forget about word processing and electronic spreadsheets. Games on a computer were miraculous! It was as if the ...

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