The Mysterious Uncrackable Video Game

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On their quest to unearth lost video game coding secrets, researchers John Aycock and Tara Copplestone of the Universities of Calgary and York stumbled accross a piece of code from the 1982 Atari 2600 game Entombed which they could not reverse engineer. The video game archaeologists contacted employees involved in developing the game, and they too recalled not being able to decipher the logic behind a particular data table which was used to generative valid maze structures within the game. While they couldn't contact the developer in question, one of his colleagues remembered that “He told me it came upon him when he was drunk and whacked out of his brain.”. You can read the full story on BBC Future.

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