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Jan 26, 2020

Many video games today make use of randomized content, some more than others. It may seem like an obvious feature, but it turns out that procedural generation didn't really catch on in video games until the 1980 release of Rogue. The game itself never saw much commercial success, but was wildly popular among UNIX users. In this episode we look at Rogue, how it was created, and the legacy that we still see today.

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Important dates in this episode:

1980: Rogue Written for PDP/11
1984: Rogue Ported to PC, Macintosh, Atari ST