Richard Garriott’s Apple II Computer
An early platform for developing and playing games at home
The Apple II is often regarded as the computer that launched the personal-computer industry. Richard Garriott bought his first Apple II computer in 1979 and began rewriting his 28th Dungeon & Dragons-style game, taking advantage of the Apple II's graphic capabilities.
The 8-bit Apple II was one of the first highly-successful, mass-produced microcomputer products, and the first consumer product sold by Apple Computer. Introduced in 1977 and branded towards American households, the new computer had the defining feature of color graphics display. By the 1980s, classrooms across the country were equipped with the Apple II, helping to introduce an entire generation to electronic games.
Courtesy Richard Garriott, Austin
Time Period: 1971 - Present
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