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Software Engineering and Computer Games by Rudy Rucker

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Spacewar

Getting started with Spacewar

You’re in control of a little red triangle ship. Your goal? Avoid being bumped by asteroids and shoot the asteroids into pieces. When enemy UFOs appear, avoid being shot by their bullets and try to shoot them. In other words, shoot everything in sight before you get shot! Use the spacebar or left mouse clicks to shoot at the other creatures. (If you dislike shooting games, skip Spacewar and try PickNPop, Airhockey, Ballworld, 3DStub, or Dambuilder.)

The asteroids and UFOs in the Spacewar game have a primitive kind of intelligence. They run away from the bullets that the player shoots. And when they’re not running away from bullets, the asteroids tend to move towards the player. Some users have described ...

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