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Old 03-29-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Prince of Persia Source Code Found After 23 Years


We've all played Prince of Persia in one form or another (and if you haven't, major game shame) Now we may get a chance to revisit the game that spawned the series, due to a bit of luck:
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Jordan Mechner, ...the creator of Prince of Persia... created the original game for the Apple II way back in 1989. Along the way, he managed to misplace the original source code for that first Prince of Persia game and has been searching for it ever since.

Yesterday he found it, and the discovery is all thanks to his father. The three packs of 3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks had been safely stored away in a brown box. The problem he faces now is how to extract the code from those old 3.5″ disks.

The ultimate aim is to make the source code readable on modern machines, and hopefully after that he may be kind enough to release it for us all to see.
I've long loved the series, and the remakes were great fun as well. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the disks are extractable!
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:19 PM   #2
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I played it at the time.

Does it make me old?
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:26 PM   #3
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It's aged surprisingly well, those visuals look really good, especially the pixel animation.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:59 PM   #4
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It's aged surprisingly well, those visuals look really good, especially the pixel animation.
I believe the original animations were rotoscoped.

http://youtu.be/PH0cpppGuow?list=UUX...8IPC-nKrTtpmHg

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Old 03-29-2012, 04:08 PM   #5
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It's aged surprisingly well, those visuals look really good, especially the pixel animation.
I remember being blown away by how good it looked when it came out. A true classic.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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I believe the original animations were rotoscoped.

http://youtu.be/PH0cpppGuow?list=UUX...8IPC-nKrTtpmHg

http://youtu.be/lywBYHjn8wc

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I agree completely; I had the same thought watching them.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:47 PM   #7
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I was old enough to have played it on the Apple but I didn't own a computer back then so my first PoP exposure was on the SNES. I absolutely loved that game. It was simple but it conveyed great atmosphere and the true sense of adventure.

By the way, I can't help but mention it. The girl in that video capture is absolutely beautiful. I love the way she moves too. He made a good choice for the rotoscoping.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:02 PM   #8
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I played it at the time.

Does it make me old?
Only when you're in diapers again.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:19 PM   #9
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Man, talk about memories. I agree that it would be awesome if they did something like releasing the code to the community.

If nothing else I bet an update to this game game would make pretty well on a tablet, particularly if they supported blue-tooth controllers. Make it take advantage of the power of the devices but please don't fuck with the gameplay!
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By the way, I can't help but mention it. The girl in that video capture is absolutely beautiful. I love the way she moves too. He made a good choice for the rotoscoping.
If the prince was rotoscoped based on his own brother, might we assume the princess was his sister? >_>
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:20 AM   #11
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I played this game in 1990 on an IBM PC at my mom's work. It felt like the best game ever at the time.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:02 AM   #12
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It's aged surprisingly well, those visuals look really good, especially the pixel animation.
I think those visuals are from the PC remake that was done years after the Apple II version. I played the original game on the Apple II - although the graphics were good for the time they weren't that good, and the Apple II had poor sound.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:47 PM   #13
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If the prince was rotoscoped based on his own brother, might we assume the princess was his sister? >_>
I saw on Jordan Mechner's blog that her name is Tina LaDeau. I think he also mentioned somewhere that she was a fellow employee's daughter.
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I saw on Jordan Mechner's blog that her name is Tina LaDeau. I think he also mentioned somewhere that she was a fellow employee's daughter.
Hellooo nurse. Found it.
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I like how the issue now is to get the code off of the 3.5 discs. Thankfully it wasn't 5 1/4 discs!
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One time I backed up my entire harddrive to 3.25" discs, lol. Those were the days.
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One time I backed up my entire harddrive to 3.25" discs, lol. Those were the days.
I've done that as well, haha. Man does time go quick.
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3.5 discs, rather.
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