|Flash Attack (1980)||(Game by)|
Timothy Stryker graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1972, and received his bachelors degree in physics from Brown University in 1977. Stryker and Ken Wasserman wrote the game Flash Attack for the Commodore PET computer, one of the earliest real-time strategy computer games. He further developed a link cable, so that two PET computers could be linked to play against each other.
Stryker authored the Centuri arcade vector game Aztarac in 1983. Although not a huge commercial success and not produced in large numbers, this arcade game is highly prized by collectors not only for its rarity, but its strikingly beautiful graphics.
Stryker founded Galacticomm in 1985, and created MajorBBS which supported real-time teleconference, gaming, discussion forums, user profiles (registry), and file transfer sections.
Stryker was a staunch advocate of electronic democracy, and began a movement called Superdemocracy to computerise voting and help people follow politics in cyberspace. He dreamed of creating the "perfect society based on compassion and love".
Stryker suffered from severe depression, and was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound in the mountains of Colorado on August 6, 1996 at the age of 41.
Last updated: Jan 10, 2011