The Digital Antiquarian

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

  • Master of Orion
    by Jimmy Maher on January 24, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Given the shadow which the original Master of Orion still casts over the gaming landscape of today, one might be forgiven for assuming, as many younger gamers doubtless do, that it was the very first conquer-the-galaxy grand-strategy game ever made. The reality, however, is quite different. For all that its position of influence is

  • This Week on The Analog Antiquarian
    by Jimmy Maher on January 17, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    The Oracle of Delphi, Chapter 7: The Voyage of the Argonauts

  • Buzz Aldrin’s Race into Space (and Space-Program Games in General)
    by Jimmy Maher on January 3, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    “Demography is destiny,” said the French sociologist Auguste Comte apocryphally in the nineteenth century. That truism has been taken to heart by many in the time since — not least by our political classes. Yet it applies equally in the world of the arts and entertainment. For in any free market, the nature of production

  • Companions of Xanth (Preceded by the Worrisome Case of Piers Anthony)
    by Jimmy Maher on December 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I first read Piers Anthony’s thick 1969 novel Macroscope when I was in my early teens, and haven’t returned to it since. Nevertheless, I still remember the back-of-the-jacket text on my dog-eared old first paperback edition: “Existence is full of a number of things, many of them wondrous indeed — and these are the things

  • Eric the Unready
    by Jimmy Maher on December 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    In September of 1991, Bob Bates of Legend Entertainment flew to Florida for a meeting of the Software Publishers Association. One evening there after a long day on the job, still dressed in his business suit, he took a walk along the beach, enjoying a gorgeous sunset as he anticipated a relaxing dinner with his