Memories From Office Move

I have found out that you can’t simultaneously resign from your old company, start a new company, move that company into new offices, remodel a house, start a farm, move into a new house, repair and sell the old house, work on three game concepts, teach game design classes, and blog. Something had to go, and it was blogging. I hope to get back to it now, but before I start I found a bunch of funny and inspirational pieces of history as I was putting my home office back together.

Home Office Move In
As you can see from the above photo, I have a lot of work to do before I can do “work”.

Old School High Tech
You think you spend a lot of money on software and equipment? This Texas Instruments calculator cost me over $400 in 1976. Applying inflation to that price, brings it to about $2,400 – $2,800 in today’s dollars. Just look at what you can get for that much money today!

Old Software
It kind of pisses you off when you look at just HOW MUCH MONEY you have given Microsoft over the years. Figure it out. No, don’t figure it out, it will just depress you. Come on Google and free apps!

Journals
I have another post about this, but all game designers should have a lot of back up designs. All of these journals are full of game and business ideas. Are you keeping your journal?

Relief
Above is an excerpt from a 1989 journal. This is right after Dynamix shipped A-10 Tankkiller and David Wolf: Secret Agent as affiliated label products for Activision. These were the first titles that we owned the IP. We also had Rise of the Dragon and Red Baron in development. We were really starting to hit our stride, and that is why Sierra acquired us.

FORTRAN Print Out
Extra credit. Tell me what language this is and what the program does. BTW, this class was the reason that I decided not to go into computer science.

-Jeff Tunnell, Game Maker
Make It Big In Games

  • http://www.micsaund.com Mike

    Is that Cobol? I've never programmed in Cobol (or Fortran for that matter), so I don't know for sure.

    I'd guess that it is a bicycle lock simulation that determines the combination of the lock by backtracking. (hehe yes, call me a smartass ;) )

  • http://www.micsaund.com Mike

    Is that Cobol? I've never programmed in Cobol (or Fortran for that matter), so I don't know for sure.

    I'd guess that it is a bicycle lock simulation that determines the combination of the lock by backtracking. (hehe yes, call me a smartass ;) )

    • http://www.makeitbigingames.com Jeff Tunnell

      It is not COBOL. You got the lock part right.

  • http://www.makeitbigingames.com Jeff Tunnell

    It is not COBOL. You got the lock part right.

  • http://www.zip-zapgames.com David Filip

    It is Fortran :) I've just rewriting some software written in this weird old language to something that fit new century.

  • http://www.zip-zapgames.com David Filip

    It is Fortran :) I've just rewriting some software written in this weird old language to something that fit new century.

    • http://www.makeitbigingames.com Jeff Tunnell

      Ding, ding, ding! Winner! Batch processing in order to keep the computer use down. I would make a change, put a comma in the wrong place, and find out 12 hours later. This project finally worked on the last try.

      Having to use batch processing is what made me want my own computer, and why I bought an Apple II a couple of years later. Oh yeah, my Apple II, printer, green screen monitor, and 140K disk drive cost $2,500 in 1980, over $10,000 in today's dollar.

  • http://www.makeitbigingames.com Jeff Tunnell

    Ding, ding, ding! Winner! Batch processing in order to keep the computer use down. I would make a change, put a comma in the wrong place, and find out 12 hours later. This project finally worked on the last try.

    Having to use batch processing is what made me want my own computer, and why I bought an Apple II a couple of years later. Oh yeah, my Apple II, printer, green screen monitor, and 140K disk drive cost $2,500 in 1980, over $10,000 in today's dollar.

  • http://www.toadtrip.com Wes

    This is what you call disorderly? This is standard fair for my “office” (READ: computer/storage room at home).

  • http://www.toadtrip.com Wes

    This is what you call disorderly? This is standard fair for my “office” (READ: computer/storage room at home).

  • http://www.redthumbgames.com joshuadallman

    Wow, that photo looks like my place right now too! I've also found that you can’t simultaneously sell all your furniture on craigslist, pack up your place, sell your only car, finish your job, find a place to live in a foreign country, get ready for a new job, pack and mail early Christmas presents, jar peaches, jam strawberries and blackberries, make pickles, get your shots up to date, fix broken things for the landlord, market a recently released game, actively manage and develop a new game, and write a blog about casual indie games all at the same time! Something had to go… oh well, maybe we'll have pickles next year!

  • http://www.redthumbgames.com joshuadallman

    Wow, that photo looks like my place right now too! I've also found that you can’t simultaneously sell all your furniture on craigslist, pack up your place, sell your only car, finish your job, find a place to live in a foreign country, get ready for a new job, pack and mail early Christmas presents, jar peaches, jam strawberries and blackberries, make pickles, get your shots up to date, fix broken things for the landlord, market a recently released game, actively manage and develop a new game, and write a blog about casual indie games all at the same time! Something had to go… oh well, maybe we'll have pickles next year!

  • travis v

    Is that pascal?

  • travis v

    Is that pascal?

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    Wow, your home office looks really busy. Lots of memorabilia you got there. I could only imagine the relief you felt when you saw them.

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    Now that's a lot of clutter, and documents everywhere. How long did it take to clean it out?