By Casey Reas, Nick Montfort, Ian Bogost, John Bell, Patsy Baudoin, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Mark Sample, Noah Vawter

ISBN-10: 0262018462

ISBN-13: 9780262018463

A unmarried line of code deals how to comprehend the cultural context of computing.

This publication takes a unmarried line of code--the tremendous concise uncomplicated application for the Commodore sixty four inscribed within the title--and makes use of it aa a lens wherein to think about the phenomenon of artistic computing and how machine courses exist in tradition.

The authors of this collaboratively written publication deal with code now not as in simple terms sensible yet as a text--in the case of 10 PRINT, a textual content that seemed in lots of assorted revealed sources--that yields a narrative approximately its making, its objective, its assumptions, and extra. they give thought to randomness and regularity in computing and paintings, the maze in tradition, the preferred uncomplicated programming language, and the hugely influential Commodore sixty four machine.

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Indd 31 {31} 1/3/13 9:33:08 PM What is the pattern produced by 10 PRINT? The 1982 Commodore 64 User’s Guide says the program uses the two graphical characters “for the maze” (53). And the programmer who submitted the one-line version in the magazine RUN also described it as “drawing a continuous maze” (13). ” But if it is a maze, what kind of maze is it and what cultural associations does that evoke? An adult seeing a maze appear on the screen, after a young program- mer has typed in and run 10 PRINT, could easily trivialize and dismiss it as simply a childish amusement.

3 Adventure (1979) for the Atari VCS featured a maze to navigate while fighting dragons and searching for keys to enter castles. 5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 1/3/13 9:33:11 PM Entering the Maze While 10 PRINT seems to be a noninteractive 2D third-person maze, its single line of code produces an unusual twist on this form of maze, shifting it to a different axis than is traditionally used. This is accomplished by the simple selection of two diagonal character graphics. That design element introduces another complexity: even though the maze is built from left to right and down the screen, the walls and paths do not follow this axis of construction.

Emulators have been disparaged as inadequate attempts to mimic computers; while they do not capture the material aspects of older computers, they need not be considered as poor substitutes. Instead, an emulator can be usefully conceptualized as an edition of a computer. When developers produce a program, such as the free software emu- lator VICE, that operates like a Commodore 64, it can be considered as a software edition of the Commodore 64. It isn’t an official or authorized edition—only being a product of Commodore would allow for that.

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