Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
#platocomputer #mahjongg #programming
The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture
[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)