Journey with us now back to the halcyon days of 1971, when men coded on paper tape and punch cards, and Star Trek was two years dead. A man named Mike Mayfield developed the first Trek video game as a text-based interactive written for the Sigma 7 and later ported into HP Basic.

Sad you missed it? Don’t be, because a few intrepid modern-day hackers have ported the entire codebase into C# and compiled to run on your modern PC. All the ASCII-based adventures of the Starship Enterpise are yours for the asking, months before J.J. Abrams finishes rebooting the franchise. Relive the past before they rebuild the future. Starfleet demands it.

(Found via SFSignal.)