The Digital Antiquarian

The Digital Antiquarian A history of computer entertainment and digital culture by Jimmy Maher

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on January 27, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    The Great Wall of China, Chapter 27: China, Incorporated

  • Sequels in Strategy Gaming, Part 1: Civilization II
    by Jimmy Maher on January 20, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    How do you make a sequel to a game that covers all of human history? — Brian Reynolds At the risk of making a niche website still more niche, allow me to wax philosophical for a moment on the subject of those Roman numerals that have been appearing just after the names of so many

  • Normality
    by Jimmy Maher on January 6, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Sometimes these articles come from the strangest places. When I was writing a little while back about The Pandora Directive, the second of the Tex Murphy interactive movies, I lavished with praise its use of a free-roaming first-person 3D perspective, claiming in the process that “first-person 3D otherwise existed only in the form of action-oriented

  • Doing Windows, Part 12: David and Goliath
    by Jimmy Maher on December 23, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Microsoft, intent on its mission to destroy Netscape, rolled out across the industry with all the subtlety and attendant goodwill of Germany invading Poland… — Merrill R. Chapman No one reacted more excitedly to the talk of Java as the dawn of a whole new way of computing than did the folks at Netscape. Marc

  • Doing Windows, Part 11: The Internet Tidal Wave
    by Jimmy Maher on December 9, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    On August 6, 1991, when Microsoft was still in the earliest planning stages of creating the operating system that would become known as Windows 95, an obscure British researcher named Tim Berners-Lee, working out of the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) in Switzerland, put the world’s first publicly accessible website online. For years