You might have heard about the world’s first PC game called
Donkey.bas developed by
Microsoft’s daddy Bill Gates in 1981. Our current tech
sensation Elon Musk also created his first video game at the
age of 12 while living in South Africa.
It was years before he started to think about electric cars and
cheap ways to develop Martian community. Maybe, the
initial idea might have clicked when he was young because
the game is based on spaceships.
Musk’s game called “Blaster” was never
released. It made a brief appearance in the form of a
screenshot in Ashlee Vace’s book ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and
the Quest for Fantastic Future,’ published in 2015.
A former Google engineer named Tomas Lloret who currently works
at SpaceX has given a new life to Blaster by creating its HTML5
version that works in any modern browser. He used the source
code of the arcade game published by the magazine PC and Office
Technology in 1984. Back then, the publication paid $500 to
The gameplay is simple, and you might have played similar
games. You get five spaceships to destroy the enemy by firing
shots at them. They can return the favor by throwing something
called ‘status beam.’
Blaster might fall behind when compared to other arcade games,
but it’s a lot from a 12-year-old boy living in the early age
of computers. He gained the required skills to build the video
game in just five days by finishing a “how to program” guide
that was designed to be finished in six months.
It was “a trivial game…but better than Flappy Bird”, Musk was