= C =
Core Wars n.
A game between `assembler' programs in
a machine or machine simulator, where the objective is to kill your
opponent's program by overwriting it. Popularized in the 1980s by
A. K. Dewdney's column in "Scientific American" magazine, but
described in "Software Practice And Experience" a decade
earlier. The game was actually devised and played by Victor
Vyssotsky, Robert Morris Sr., and Doug McIlroy in the early 1960s
(Dennis Ritchie is sometimes incorrectly cited as a co-author, but
was not involved). Their original game was called `Darwin' and ran
on a IBM 7090 at Bell Labs. See core. For information on the
modern game, do a web search for the `rec.games.corewar
FAQ' or surf to the King Of The Hill site.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.