You may not have ever heard of Jordan Mechner. But you’ve heard of the game he made – Prince of Persia. Back in 1989, Brøderbund published Mechner’s Prince of Persia for the Apple II. A million nerds joygasmed.
But, then the source code went missing.
Jordan Mechner knew he wasn’t the kind of dude to throw away source code – and looked for it on-and-off for the last 10 years. Well, Mechner’s dad (who had composed the music for Price of Persia and Karateka), called Jordan and told him he was doing some spring cleaning and found one of Jordan’s old boxes, and that he’d be shipping it to him. When Jordan received the box, low-and-behold, he saw a couple 3.5″ disk boxes (remember those?!) containing Apple ProDOS disks of the original Apple II Prince of Persia source code!
Moral of the story is that if you’re ever looking for an old project you did years ago, check dad’s closet.
Also, because all this geeking-out got us in the mood, check out level 1 of Prince of Persia:
Sure, it’s the MS-DOS version, not the original gangsta Apple II, but you still got a raging nerd-boner watching it. I checked.