The magazines that published them are gone, interest in them has waned.Perhaps most destructive of all, when advanced graphics began to become common on computers such as the Apple, a lot of them were "converted" to run specifically on those computers.In some cases, this results in errors that were in the original program being left in.Occasionally, it was necessary to fix errors in the source because the programs would not even load, such as missing quotes, which many Basics will not allow.That fact usually brings yawns until you note that this was where Microsoft got their start, beginning with a couple of college drop outs and ending. Passed from hand to hand, copied without a care, even from the writers of the programs themselves.  To be fair, the "golden age" of simple line oriented basic started in 1964, with the Dartmouth timeshare system, and continued though minicomputer Basics.in amazingly short time all things considered, with an empire that could purchase outright several small countries. In fact, some of the microcomputer Basic games here are recodes of games running on those systems.The Creative computing library serves several important goals for the purposes of the Classic Basic Games page.First, I can verify that these games were original from 1978, the time the collection was published. Ahl, did research back then as to "who wrote what" program, research that would be hard to reproduce today.
If you did your homework correctly, those lights did the right things, and after carefully reading the manual, and inputting several byte instructions, painstakingly flipping each bit of the byte, 8 bits, then hitting enter for each byte, you could actually get the machine to do something sensible with the lights on the front. Finally, the game "shoot the duck" was entered, which rotated a light across the row of lights. This property alone makes a museum collection worthwhile.
I have the book, but I have not found more than a very few of the programs in computer source form.
I am still looking for the games, or a better OCR program to convert the book form to computer form.
However, we live in Internet time, and the Internet has enabled me to find books that I would never have been able to find formerly. The intent was to scan it in and OCR it (convert it automatically to computer readable text).
Unfortunately, the programs in the book had been reproduced from listings made on a dot matrix printer, and attempts to OCR it yielded nothing but garbage.
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