The Colony

There was more to the Mac than HyperCard, of course. I distinctly recall being amazed playing ‘The Colony’ in 1988. I also remember being excited, challenged, and scared out of my wits, all by patterns of black and white pixels on a tiny Mac screen.

‘The Colony’ was the first flat polygon hidden surface first-person 3D shooter. The design was brilliantly minimal; the story was tailored to the strengths of David Smith’s graphic engine. note Action was set in the angular rooms and hallways of an alien-infested space colony. Aliens were floating, shrieking polygons, with eyeballs for heads — quite possibly the scariest creatures an 8 MHz computer could render on the fly. note

MacRecorder & SoundEdit

In 1988, the Mac had no built-in sound input. It would be years before the ability to digitize sound would be standard. This was a job for a super Mac peripheral and software maker called Farallon note who specialized in helping the Mac do things it couldn’t do.

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In January 1988, Farallon began shipping the MacRecorder Sound System. The sound input hardware also came with SoundEdit, a very good GUI sound editor note and even came with a set of HyperCard sound tools. Stack makers could now create their own alternatives to HyperCard’s two sounds built in sounds. note

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