Air (1977 video game)

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Air
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release date(s) 1977
Genre(s) Text Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Air is a text-based aerial warfare mainframe computer game written in 1977 by Kelton Flinn and John Taylor. Air foreshadowed the first graphical MMOG, Air Warrior, which was released by the company Flinn and Taylor later founded, Kesmai.

Although Air was by today's standards a primitive text-based game, its influence over the following two decades of game evolution still marks it as a major title.[citation needed] The first version was created in 1977 and enhanced through 1979. As Flinn has said: "If Air Warrior was a primate swinging in the trees, AIR was the text-based amoeba crawling on the ocean floor. But it was quasi-real time, multi-player, and attempted to render 3-D on the terminal using ASCII graphics. It was an acquired taste."