Darwin (programming Game)

Darwin (programming Game)

Darwin was a programming game invented in August 1961 by Victor A. Vyssotsky, Robert Morris Sr., and M. Douglas McIlroy. (Dennis Ritchie is sometimes incorrectly cited as a co-author, but was not involved.) The game was developed at Bell Labs, and played on an IBM 7090 mainframe there. The game was only played for a few weeks before Morris developed an "ultimate" program that eventually brought the game to an end, as no-one managed to produce anything that could defeat it.

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... of a program called the umpire and a designated section of the computer'smemory known as the arena,into which two or more small programs,written by the players,were loaded ... The programs were written in 7090 machine code,and could call a number of functions provided by the umpire in order to probe other locations within the arena,kill ... The game ended after a set amount of time,or when copies of only one program remained alive ...

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