zork.jpg Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is on, uhm, the wealthy side. So he's able to do things such as fund the launch of a new early computing website, in the form of PDP Planet.

Though the site itself slightly on the plain side, it's noted: "Before co-founding Microsoft, Paul Allen honed his coding skills by teaching himself to simulate how microprocessors work using PDP-10 computers", and the points of it is some pretty amazing opportunities to play with old hardware: "Via the new Web site, registered users from around the world can telnet into a working DECsystem-10 or an XKL Toad-1, create or upload programs, and run them -- essentially stepping back in time to access an "antique" mainframe."

Why is this interesting to video game geeks? Well, Infocom's original Zork game "was implemented on a DECsystem-10 at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science in a local Lisp-like language called MDL." Of course, we're not sure that the original _original_ Zork source still exists, but other primitive text adventures and MUDs ran on similar hardware, but there's already people considering getting "multi-player space war game[s]" running on the hardware, so who knows - maybe some variants on the original Space War are playable too.