A law professor from Fordham University in New York discovered an old and dusty Apple IIe computer in his parent’s house and was shocked to find that he can still play a game he saved about 30 years ago.
When John Pfaff turned on the computer, the option to restore a previous game popped up on the screen. He shared this on his Twitter account and Gen Xers have reminisce about their childhood memories.
“Put in an old game disk. Asks if I want to restore a saved game. And finds one! It must be 30 years old. I’m 10 years old again,” he tweeted.
Apple IIe was the third model in the Apple II series and was introduced in January 1983. This version had a 64k RAM built-in with the ability to use both upper and lower case letters and full functionality of the Shift and Caps Lock keys. All models of this computer were discontinued in November 1993.
Pfaff resumed the saved game of Adventureland, a text command game released for microcomputers by Scott Adams in 1978.
He also found floppy disks with several games at the time including Millionware, Neuromancer and Olympic Decathlon. Pfaff also discovered a note from his late father.
“Just found this letter my dad typed to me in 1986, when I was 11 and at summer camp,” he tweeted. “My dad passed away almost exactly a year ago. It’s amazing to come across something so ‘ordinary’ from him.”
The professor also shared on Twitter the reactions of his own kids after he introduced them to the vintage system.
“My oldest, who is 9, exclaimed “that’s a computer?!” in genuine surprise, and then pointed at the floppy drives and asked “what are those?” My younger twins just kept laughing at how silly it seemed to them.”