Further, they had published two volumes of these computer games in book form.
I have the book, but I have not found more than a very few of the programs in computer source form.
I am still looking for the games, or a better OCR program to convert the book form to computer form.
And of course, the ultimate irony is that the Microsoft Basic that ran many of these games started an empire of unimaginable wealth.
After having this site up for a while and getting many letters from you all (thank you), it became apparent that most of the early games came from a magazine that used to be published called "Creative Computing".
The Creative Computing collection was received from helpful people on the net, and those sources restored to original condition as referenced to the original book.
Because the collection was restored from modified sources, it is still possible to find errors or differences from the original program. I have tried to stay as close to the original, as determined by the book, as possible.That fact usually brings yawns until you note that this was where Microsoft got their start, beginning with a couple of college drop outs and ending. Passed from hand to hand, copied without a care, even from the writers of the programs themselves.  To be fair, the "golden age" of simple line oriented basic started in 1964, with the Dartmouth timeshare system, and continued though minicomputer Basics.in amazingly short time all things considered, with an empire that could purchase outright several small countries. In fact, some of the microcomputer Basic games here are recodes of games running on those systems.ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216195541&sr=1-2 At the time of this writing, it has 17 copies available, starting at 41 cents, so it is reasonable any way you want it.In some of the games, it helps decidedly to have the original description from the book, which has details the program does not.However, I was able to obtain a collection of the programs in a archive file meant for CP/M users (probally for Microsoft Basic-80).