Now You Can Play The First Star Trek Video Game Ever

Yesterday, we told you about the rebirth of the Star Trek Online game, but that's by no means that only time technology has enabled you — yes, you — to fight the Klingon menace. In fact, back in the 1970s, one Enterprising fan (Sorry) created his very own Star Trek computer game - and now you can do the same.

Created by proto-programmer and ubernerd Mike Mayfield in 1971 by feeding punch-card programs into the Sigma-7 computer, the original Star Trek game - later revised and retitled Super Star Trek, which really should be the name of JJ Abrams' reboot movie - may have been embarrassingly basic by today's standards, but was amazing back in the day; amazing enough to have stayed alive for decades in the public domain, with other programmers adding and editing as they saw fit.

Michael Birkin of The Code Project website (An online community for developers and coders) wanted to relive the magic of those old days, and recreated the game, as well as making the source code available to anyone else who wanted to play along. The result is... well, not exactly The Force Unleashed: