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by Hannah Leitheiser

Mahjongg

#platocomputer #mahjongg #programming

The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

Brian Dear

2017

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2019-09-09

[In a pommel horse accident, Brodie became paralyzed from the ability to breathe down. During rehab he was loaned a Plato terminal.]

"Knowing the terminal was right down the hall in a closet and knowing the Plato community was reachable through it gave Brodie a reason to hang on."

[He wrote the original Mahjongg.]

"What made his design even more striking was the painstaking detail of the calligraphy and numbers on each tile...Incredibly over months, he built the entire thing one tap at a time with his mouth stick."

[Eventually moving on to new systems and color. Activision renamed the game Shanghai]

"[Brodie:] 'Shanghai II bought my house in Hawaii.' It became one of the most played computer games in the world, selling over 10 million copies." - Brian Dear, The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture (2017)