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April 23, 2012 AT 12:11 am

Prince of Persia Source Code

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Prince of Persia Source Code — Posted! | jordanmechner.com via Bruce.

My Apple II-unaware friend Jamie walked into my office this morning, surveyed the detritus of yesterday’s marathon source-code extraction, and asked “Good Lord, what happened here?!” Tony and me at the moment of truth
I explained that the original Prince of Persia source code had just turned up after being lost for 22 years, and that two stalwart companions and I had dedicated most of the previous day and night to extracting it and posting it on github. Jamie — who knows the term “source code” primarily as the title of the movie Jake Gyllenhaal did after Prince of Persia — digested my explanation; then, looking as confused as before, asked “Why?!?”

It was such a simple question, it stumped me for a moment. Why would I spend a whole day trying to recover data from some ancient floppy disks?

I said: “Because if we didn’t, it might have disappeared forever.”

jmechner / Prince-of-Persia-Apple-II.


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