The PCC Archive Project Project
The PCC On-Line Archive Project has two goals:
- A Print Archive to make avaliable on-line the material which appeared
in PCC Newspaper, People's Computers, and .
- A Games Archive to make available on-line descriptions, specifications,
and new verions of computer games from the pages of PCC
publications, from Bob Albrecht's personal archives, and from other sources.a
To make this happen will take a lot of effort. As always, we are looking for volunteers
to help with the task. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
An Online Archive for PCC Publications
The People's Computer Company published a number of different periodicals and books
during the 1970s and 1980s. The primary focus of the archive will be PCCs flagship publication which
began as PCC Newspaper and changed names several times in the course of its existance:
In addition, PCC started and published several journals and books including
The Computer Music Journal and
Dr. Dobb's Journal. The Computer Music Journal was
collected archivally from the start. DDJ has excellent on-line archives constructed and maintained
by the commercial publisher.
- PCC Newspaper
- People's Computers
- Recreational Computing
A Games Archive
Bob Albrecht wrote:
Every issue of PCC had games and instructional stuff about games, mostly
games to help students learn, and teachers teach, math and other stuff. Many
(most?) of these games are not known to today's teachers. Most cannot be
found on the Internet
We are looking for volunteers to reimplement these games for today's
graphical, Web aware enviornment. We'll also need librarian to manage
the games section of this website.
I've been collecting games and inventing games for decades. I write Play
Together, Learn Together instructional stuff, run workshops for teachers,
play with kids and their parents in coffee houses and elsewhere, et cetera,
et cetera. I use games that appeared in PCC, variations of those games, games
I've collected from other sources, and lots of new games that I've invented.
I have way more than 1000 pages of instructional stuff, notes, ideas, et
cetera. You'll find a tiny bit of my game stuff at DragonFun [http://www.dragonfun.net].
You'll see three games that appeared in PCC: Bagels, Reverse, and Factor
Monster (called Taxman in PCC).
It would be loverly if the PCC Alumni site became a repository of up-to-date
versions of games that appeared in PCC, or didn't appear in PCC. I'm not
describe games for others to write, and suggest instructional activities
related to the games.
First I'll do an inventory of games by
PCC volume, number, and date. Then
I'll write descriptions of games as they might appear on the site as
interactive games if someone will write the code. I probably have more
experience actually playing these games with teachers and kids than anyone.