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I remember having read about a game that was used in the first UNIX versions for testing if all libraries have been installed correctly and the overall benchmark of the system.

Does anyone know what it was called?

At Wikipedia I found "Space Travel" but it appears to be the game that lead to the development of UNIX.

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make world is an epic game where you watch letters chase each other up the screen in a bid for global domination. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 22 '10 at 21:19
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I might be too young, but I used to use Quake2 for that :-) –  liori Jul 22 '10 at 21:20
    
Ops, missed that last line, then I have no idea. –  Anders Jul 22 '10 at 22:05
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You might be referring to "core war" but that came along a bit after the "early" Unix era. I don't remember any game/benchmark from the early BSD Unix versions I owned. "make world" was a good benchmark - but only if you were a source code owner, and in the early days not everyone was as it was still proprietary AT&T property. AT&T did however allow university CS departments to get it under a very generous license arrangement.

Hotei

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Might it be "Game of Life"? That seems to be associated with benchmarks.

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