Episode 2 - Airfight


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Sep 15 2017 25 mins   5
The story of the one of the earliest flight simulator games, Airfight, a favourite among the PLATO community back in 1973, based on an interview with its creator. Airfight was a multiplayer flight combat sim with wireframe graphics and real-time chat, and it was an influence on the first home computer flight simulator, subLOGIC's fittingly-named 1980 game Flight Simulator for the Apple II and TRS-80. Related links: Ars Technica article on PLATO games: lifeandtimes.games/arsplatofeatureThe Friendly Orange Glow by Brian Dear, out November 14 2017: friendlyorangeglow.comto order Kindle or physical editions from Amazon using my affiliate link, go to lifeandtimes.games/platobookamazonor to order the iBook edition from iTunes using my affiliate link, go to lifeandtimes.games/platobookappleCyber1: cyber1.orgMusic Credits: All music written/composed by me, except: Evan Schaeffer - Riser from the album GlowEvan Schaeffer - Portal and Insurmountable from the album Big SplashSymphonie inachevee de Franz Schubert - archive.org/details/SymphonieInacheveeDeFrantzSchubert1920s jazz recordings - archive.org/details/Free_20s_Jazz_CollectionThe Life & Times of Video Games on the Web: Official site: lifeandtimes.games Twitter: @LifeandTimesVG YouTube: lifeandtimes.games/youtube Patreon: patreon.com/lifeandtimesofvideogames You can support the show by leaving a review on iTunes, sharing it with a friend or colleague, or donating via Patreon — where you can get extended interviews and other bonus content, along with interruption-free and ad-free episodes in a patron-only RSS feed. If we can get to at least $350 a month on Patreon, I'll be able to commit to a second 13-episode season to follow soon after this one. So whaddya say? Are you with me? Sign up here: lifeandtimes.games/patreon. Support The Life & Times of Video Games Links: The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture: Brian Dear: 9781101871553: Amazon.com: Books The Friendly Orange Glow by Brian Dear on iBooks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices