Call for Resources for CDC 6000/Cyber 70 Series Emulator

From: Lawrence LeMay <>
Date: Fri Jun 1 10:47:11 2001

> > Hmmm.. Don't remember that, but I do remember Empire,
> > and some other Star Trek game... as well as the coolest
> > LISP and Pascal interpreter environments I ever used.
> Please elaborate!

The cool games mainly came out of Minnesota, especially from the state
high school cyber mainframe (MECC, Minnesota Educational Computer Consortium).
Empire, Sceptre of Goth, many combat games, etc, etc. On the University
cybers, we had Karnath, and other similar multi-user mazes of monsters.
And of course if you could wrangle access to the real CDC systems downtown
at the corporate headquarters, you could play Avatar.

The university wrote some really nice compilers. MNF (Minnesota Fortran)
and a really nice Pascal compiler, both with Post-Mortem Dump facilties
that made debugging code very easy. When the program aborted, it would
print a table explaining what function/subroutine name it aborted on,
what line number, and a printout of variable names and values. If i recall,
it would also print the source code line as well. The Pascal came with a
very extensive set of library routines, I even convinced em to add some
functions to allow me to properly manipulate direct-access files for
a communication system I wrote for a game i never completed, though it
was later added to someone elses game.

-Lawrence LeMay
Received on Fri Jun 01 2001 - 10:47:11 BST

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