…of the first graphical video game, Spacewar!, written in 1967, for the PDP-1.
So basically, some hackers took a digital presevarvation action in 1997 — they wrote a PDP-1 emulator in Java, so you can run the original compiled binary.
Now that’s preservation, huh? Kinda nice that the first graphical game has been so preserved. Just by unpaid hackers as far as I can tell. (Wouldn’t it be cool if some actual budgetted archival organization did stuff like this? Smithsonian? )
The emulators presumably serve a preservation function for anything else written for PDP-1 with a preserved binary. I would be curious if anyone has such a preserved binary and has tried it out on their emulators. I wonder if any other preserved PDP-1 binaries even exist. (It’s not entirely clear to me how this team compiled the PDP-1 source code in 1997, without a PDP-1 But I don’t hardly know what a PDP-1 is or how it worked. )
[ Also, now I’ve got a story in my head where, in 100 years, after a gap I imagine in concientious hacker Spaceware! preservation, so it hasn’t been ported to anything else but there’s no way to run Java or “js/html5″…. some hackers decide they REALLY want Spacewar! might have to write a Java emulator in the technology of the time, in order to run the PDP-1 emulator in the Java emulator, in order to run Spacewar! ]