The retro gaming world was in for a treat last month when a retro computing enthusiast and lawyer by the name of Aaron came across the source code for Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on some old SGI Indy computers that came from Acclaim’s bankruptcy sale circa 2004.
Having had more time to catalog the remaining contents of his haul (which included a handful of backup CD-R discs), Aaron on Monday reported via a new video on his YouTube channel SiliconClassics that among the trove of various high-end 3D animation software and developer tools is the source code and associated assets for a project called Squid.
Dated August 19, 1996, the disc appears to contain the source code for NBA Jam Extreme which is essentially a 3D entry into the incredibly popular arcade-style basketball game franchise NBA Jam from the mid-90s.
Fun fact – developers for the original NBA Jam coded the game in a way that, if the Bulls and the Pistons were in a close game and the former team went for a last-second shot, the player was unlikely to sink the game-winning bucket (they apparently didn't care much for the Bulls). Oh, and the game is also said to be haunted.
In addition to selling some of the machines on eBay under the first sale doctrine and thus, legally divesting himself of any sort of copyright liability, he is looking into archiving and preservation options (perhaps through the Internet Archive) and is also talking with Night Dive Studios CEO Stephen Kick who he said has expressed interest in some of the source code to see if it could be used for future projects.
Aaron again assures viewers that the data won’t get “lost to time” and is being taken care of in terms of preservation.