My favorite response to a letter from readers gamely (heh) tries to outline the BASICs of writing an adventure program.
Big feature on the history of BASIC, including the Commodore flavor:
Some computer experts [in 1965-1975] predicted that by the year 2000, most Americans would have a home terminal that was connected to a central city computer. However, that concept would have required wiring a city with computer cables similar to phone lines, which would have been a large and expensive project.The article is looking back at an old guesstimate and the context doesn't quite give a read on if it's being held as a good or bad prediction. I guess bad, since presumably that's talking about dumb terminals, but even dumb terminals could go over a phone line...
Going Up? - Rick Kilbrai
Play Bingo - Louvan and David Wood