What’s old is new again. In 2020, a group of retrocomputing enthusiasts published Nox Archaist, a new role-playing adventure game for the 1983 Apple IIe computer. Why would anyone write 8-bit games for an obsolete platform released nearly forty years ago?
In this exhibit, located in the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library, we explore the wonderful world of retrocomputing. A premise of retrocomputing is the conviction that old platforms still harbor creative potential. When faced with their limitations, we gain better understanding of the essence and evolution of computing, gaming, and digital culture.
We invite you to explore and try out these obsolete platforms and to judge for yourself how these systems continue to shape our experiences of computing today. Learn more.