After Hours

Dinosaur sightings: NFL Challenge


In 1985 I was just getting out of college and just starting my love of computer games. NFL Challenge was one of my first IBM Clone games. It is one of the best examples of a text-mode game ever. Unfortunately, the development of text-mode games has become a lost art.

In 1985 this splash screen was probably very impressive.

Mark W. Kaelin

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.