Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Eating Machine

Fitness software, recently in vogue in the age of motion control, is really nothing new.

Way back in the early 1980s, MUSE software (publishers of the original Castle Wolfenstein) published the EATING machine, a program designed to help the user plan healthier meals.  With an impressive-in-the-pre-Web-era expandable database of 500 foods, a recipe analyzer (probably not as sophisticated as it sounds), and the assurance that it is used in schools and clinics, the only big question is why the heck this ad appeared in the pages of Electronic Games magazine, where it would seem the ad dollars were more-or-less squandered.

It may not have been a complete waste -- there are a few games mentioned at the bottom of the ad, including Silas Warner's immortal Castle Wolfenstein, the robot-programming contest RobotWar, the swords-and-sorcery adventure Caverns of Freitag, and a Blackjack title.

But at least the EATING machine wasn't another Pac-Man clone.  Bonus points for originality, MUSE!

1 comment:

  1. Hey, is that Jimmy "The Greek" playing blackjack? I am having a lot of fun going through your blog. Keep up the great work.