How times have changed. This month in 1982, savvy Leeds computer programmer Joseph Kirsch, 64, of Fir Tree Vale, Moortlown, was taking some flak after he designed a computer game based on the Falklands War.
He advertised the game for sale in a popular weekly computer magazine but he was forced to withdraw it after the magazine received a number of complaints about the game being in bad taste.
Mr Kirsch’s game was designed for the ZX81 and was described as being a bit like chess, with players able to take various battles from the Falklands War (fought only months earlier from April to June) and use ‘chess-like moves’ to play.
Mr Kirsch said: “I have not made a penny out of it and certainly did not intend it to cause any trouble. I devised it more as a hobby than anything else… I have now wiped the game off the cassette and should anybody place an order, the money will be returned.”
The story appeared in the YEP on Friday September 3. Given most computer war games are ultra-realistic recreations of historical battles, it would seem Mr Kirsch was more than a little ahead of his time.
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