2014 at the MADE
It feels weird having been so long since our last update, but we've been posting this type of news on http://www.themade.org instead of on here simply because we've got to address far more fans than just you wonderful initial 306. But I did want to share something super secret that I can't post about on our blog just yet. You're getting this info before we start to make a big deal out of it.
The MADE is about to launch an extremely complicated, difficult project: we will be attempting to relaunch Habitat. Habitat was the first massively multiplayer online game, in 1987. The game was created by Lucasfilm Games, and hosted on the Q-Link service for Commodore 64 users. It was designed to support 10,000 concurrent users, but never actually shipped officially.
We have obtained the Habitat source code from one of its original authors. But that's only about 1/4 of what's needed to make this happen. We also need to build a Q-Link proxy computer, we need to get the source onto a Stratus VOS computer, and we need to output the C64 binary from the PL/1 and C code it's written in.
This is all extremely complicated, but the upshot is that we hope to port the server code to C, and to Linux. Anyone who wants to help is welcome to contact me about our upcoming Habitat relaunch beer bash.
Long story short: we'll be bringing together people focused on all of the different disciplines required to get this working, feeding them pizza and beer, and trying to get this stuff to compile, followed by a year or two of slowly porting the server code.
We've just rolled out our Lucasfilm Games exhibit, which features games like Maniac Mansion, Tie Fighter, and Shadows of the Empire, all playable. Come down and see us before we dive into a huge redesign of the space later this summer.
Thanks again for supporting us! We would not be here without all of your support!