Draughts programme

 

Draughts programme       (NPL Pilot ACE)     1951

 

No original screenshot exists.

Game is lost.

 

First board game simulator,  first game to use computer memory

 

Silent, monochrome game.

Draughts programme
GAME LOOKS SIMILAR TO THIS (PORT ON FERRANTY MARK COMPUTER (1951) -FIRST EVER GAME SCREENSHOT IN HISTORY!
NPL PILOT ACE COMPUTER
NPL PILOT ACE COMPUTER

Trivia:
1) Developer Strachey sent his programme (draughts) for punching beforehand. The programme was about 20 pages long (over a thousand instructions), and the naiveté of a first-time user attempting a programme of such length caused not a little amusement among the programmers in the laboratory. Anyway, the day came and Strachey loaded his programme into the Mark I. After a couple of errors were fixed, the programme ran straight through and finished by playing God Save the King on the hooter (loudspeaker). On that day Strachey acquired a formidable reputation as a programmer that he never lost.

2) Released 30 july 1951.
3) NPL Pilot ACE is a Vacuum tube computer- programmable digital computers using vacuum tube logic circuitry. They were preceded by systems using electromechanical relays and followed by systems built from discrete transistors.

4) Computer memory refers to the computer hardware devices used to store information for immediate use in a computer; it is synonymous with the term "primary storage".The term "memory", meaning "primary storage" or "main memory", is often associated with addressable semiconductor memory, i.e. integrated circuits consisting of silicon-based transistors, used for example as primary storage but also other purposes in computers and other digital electronic devices. 

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