If I had to name one book that changed my life, it will be the book on the lower right. It’s the handbook of a Commodore 64. I will never forget the “Ahhhh” moment I got after entering the first lines of basic into our brand new computer on christmas eve:
10 print "Hallo" 20 goto 10
Actually the first lines of basic I entered into the c64 were from “Fix and Foxy”, a German magazine for kids. But after entering the few examples from that little magazine, I started reading the handbook. And I started to understand what I just wrote.
Nowadays “handbook” means a PDF on a disc that only shows how to do very basic things. In the 80s, it was more than that. Way more. It covered everything from first steps in basic to a few examples on how to access the graphic memory to create images and move them around on the screen. And it was well written. Well enough for a child to understand it. Well enough for me to start writing my first few little games.
It ignited a fire that is still burning inside me and hopefully will burn a few more decades.
What was your book that changed everything?
Ps: This is me on that first night with the C-64. The folder next to me is all the stuff from the “Fix and Foxy” magazine I collected in the months before.
This is me, typing basic on a computer for the first time in my life. Would love to tell that boy what an awesome journey this night starts. pic.twitter.com/y5xrlKcb19— Bodo Tasche 🔭 (@bitboxer) November 3, 2016