Apple II Topics

 

TELEPONG


Telepong was written in in 1977-78 during completion of the ROM code for the Apple II Communication Card to demonstrate how the card could be used.The Telepong program is written entirely in Integer Basic using the Communication Card, there are no special machine language routines needed to make the game work.  The Communication Card code could allow the Apple II to be a Dumb Terminal or a Remote Computer or Serial Printer with the ability to switch modes remotely which is a lot of stuff for 256 bytes.  Andy Hertzfeld said it was the tightest code he had ever seen and one of the reasons he came to Apple was that he wanted to go where they wrote code like that. 


In about 2000 Telepong was used as a prior art exhibit in a patent case on “Video Game Networking”


A demonstration video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWYjouIY-fA