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Apple Macintosh Software Game -'Mac-Challenger', 3½" Floppy Disk, 1985 Object Reg. No: HT 23811

Summary:
Mac Challenger computer game for Apple Macintosh II on a 3½ inch floppy disk in a cardboard box with a manual and two sheets of manufacturer's instructions.

The game is a flight simulation game, which enables a player to learn the complexities involved in flying a space shuttle.

The game Mac Challenger was released in 1985, following the first flight of the American space shuttle Challenger on 4 April 1983.

As a simulation game, the program treated a crash light-heartedly. It referred to thousands of gophers being rendered homeless by a crash, and to a 'grisley scene as gophers flee disaster area made by moron driven space shuttle. NASA disavows all knowledge of pilot's actions ...' On the backof the box it said somewhat prophetically: 'But watch out - this simulator is no toy. It moves like the real thing and the desert is only seconds away!'

On 28 January 1986, the space shuttle Challenger was launched on its tenth flight, but broke up 73 seconds into the flight, with the resulting death of all seven astronauts on board. It was the first space shuttle to be destroyed in an accident during a mission. The contrast between crashing in simulation and crashing in reality was stark and is a reminder of the distinction between real life and computer environments.
Description:
Apple Macintosh game Mac-Challenger on a 3½ inch floppy disk in a cardboard box with a manual.
Statement Of Significance:
This is a Macintosh game, whose developers took early advantage of the graphic user interface.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Don McCamey - Master Ware, 2009
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 230 mm (Width), 163 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: computers, games
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: software
Inscriptions: Front of Box:
Mac-Challenger TM
Space shuttle Flight Simulation for the MACINTOSH

Back of Box:
Image of space shuttle

Floppy Disk:
Mac-Challenger
Space shuttle Flight Simulator for the MACINTOSH
Aegis logo

Manual:
Mac-Challenger
Mission Training
Illustration of cockpit

Sheet:
Read me

Sheet:
Warranty card
12244
Manufacturer: Aegis Development Inc., Santa Monica, California, United States of America, circa 1985
References: Websites accessed in November 2009:
http://www.d4.dion.ne.jp/~motohiko/macvegas.htm#Mac%20Challenger
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_space_shuttle

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