The Digital Antiquarian

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

  • Microsoft Space Simulator (or, Charles Guy’s Galaxy in a Box)
    by Jimmy Maher on January 15, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars. — Quintus Ennius, circa 200 BC It had been one hell of a year for the United States and most of the rest of the Western world — a year of rampant chaos and conflict at home and abroad, when the

  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
    by Jimmy Maher on January 12, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    The ebook version of my recently concluded Analog Antiquarian series on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon is now available, and at a special low, low price at that. (Well, it’s actually priced lower because it’s a shorter book, but it’s worth every penny, I promise you.) If you do happen to pick up a copy,

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on January 8, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    The Library and Lighthouse of Alexandria, Chapter 3: A Museum and a Library

  • The Dream of Flight
    by Jimmy Maher on January 1, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    After Edison’s original phonograph came out, people said that they could not detect a difference between a phonograph and a real performance. Clearly the standard that they had for audio fidelity back in 1910 was radically different from the standard we have. They got the same enjoyment out of that Edison phonograph that we do

  • Lode Runner
    by Jimmy Maher on December 18, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    It’s always been a bit of a balancing act to decide which games I write about in detail here — a matter of balancing my level of personal interest in each candidate against its historical importance. In the early years of this project especially, when I still saw it as focusing almost exclusively on narrative-oriented