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10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10

by Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C Marino, Michael Mateas et al The MIT Press
Pub Date:
07/2014
ISBN:
9780262526746
Format:
Pbk 328 pages
Price:
AU$57.99 NZ$61.73
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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This book takes a single line of code - the extremely concise BASIC programme for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title -and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programmes exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text - in the case of 10PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources - that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.

10 PRINT CHR$ (205.5 + RND (1)); : GOTO 10, a new book collaboratively written by 10 authors, takes a single line of code'inscribed in the book's mouthful of a title'and explodes it. That one line, a seemingly clumsy scrap of BASIC, generates a fascinatingly complicated maze on a Commodore 64.... Though 10 PRINT CHR$ (205.5 + RND (1)); : GOTO 10 is occasionally whiplash-inducing in its headlong rush through history, the connections it makes over 294 pages are inspired. One of the most compelling sections of the book discusses the cultural history of mazes, relating 10 PRINT's maze back to the labyrinth of Knossos, where, according to the great Greek myth, Theseus waged battle with the terrifying Minotaur.

'Geeta Dayal, Slate
Nick Montfort is Professor of Digital Media at MIT. He is the author of Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction and Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities; the coauthor of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10; and the coeditor of The New Media Reader (all published by the MIT Press).


Patsy Baudoin is Digital Humanities, Media and Film Studies, and Women's & Gender Studies Librarian at MIT.


John Bell is Assistant Professor of Innovative Communication Design at the University of Maine.


Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, and the coauthor of Newsgames: Journalism at Play (MIT Press, 2010).


Jeremy Douglass is a postdoctoral researcher in software studies at the University of California, San Diego, in affiliation with Calit2.


Mark C. Marino is Associate Professor (Teaching) and directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California.


Michael Mateas is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz


Casey Reas is Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA and coauthor of Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (MIT Press, 2007).


Mark Sample is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University.


Noah Vawter is a sound artist.