Enforcers — 2 Comments

  1. FWWI, I’d have just written “Atari ST” — which model isn’t that relevant and if you write “Atari 1040”, I (who owned a 1040ST in 1989) will start out assuming it’s one of the early Atari 8 bit machines that were basically general purpose versions of the game machines (or just game machines).

    The ST never had the traction of the Amiga, PC, or Mac, but it wasn’t that dire, overall. The performance was similar to an Amiga and it was popular enough to have many/most Amiga games also get made for it as well. I still wouldn’t have released a game with that as the sole character spreadsheet, but then, electronic supplements were rare in 1985.

  2. It’s more the “type it in” part I find amusing. I know from painful experience in the days of Creative Computing that when a program you need to type in exceeds a very low minimum size, you will enter in bugs, and tracking them can be very difficult as you flip from the paper listing to the code listing and back.

    A few years later, you’d have a BBS number to DL the sheet from, a few years after that, an FTP site.

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