Play The World’s First PC Game 'Donkey.bas' Programmed By Bill Gates
Play The World’s First PC Game 'Donkey.bas' Programmed By Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III, better known as Bill Gates the founder and currently non-executive chairman of Microsoft, who is also ranked regularly as the richest person in the world and Bill Gates is the person who actually programmed the world’s first PC game known as “Doney.bas”.



Play The World’s First PC Game ‘Donkey.bas’ Programmed By Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III, better known as Bill Gates is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer. As he became known for founding Microsoft along with Paul Allen, the most best-known software company of the world in terms of market value.

Bill Gates currently holds the position of non-executive chairman of Microsoft, as well as being ranked regularly as the richest person in the world, a position occupied by him from 1995 to 2007, 2009 and in 2013 according to the magazine Forbes.

What if I say that in early days of Microsoft, the American business magnate Bill Gates was an actual programmer. Yes, it might be hard to believe that Bill Gates was an actual programmer in the early days of Microsoft and also wrote his first computer program at the age of 13.

In 1975 Bill Gates founded Microsoft along with his partner Paul Allen and in the same year Altair BASIC for the MITS Altair was produced, it is the first commercial product of the company. In 1980 the company Microsoft took a crucial step to acquire operating system 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products (SCP).

Through the same journey, the leader of the world’s biggest computer supplier IBM decided to enter the market of microcomputers but lacked the Operating System. Hence, Microsoft licensed MS-DOS to IBM.

Very lesser known fact it is that the American business magnate Bill Gates is also the creator of first-ever PC game known as Donkey.bas. It is a very simple driving game which was written by the American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer Bill Gates along with his friend Neil Konzen.

World's First PC Game
World’s First PC Game

The world’s first PC game was actually programmed on a prototype IBM machine which comes free with the early versions of the MS-DOS operating system for IBM PCs or Computers. The American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer Bill Gates told the history of the world’s first PC game which he developed.

“Actually, it was me and Neil Konzen at four in the morning with this prototype IBM PC sitting in this small room. IBM insisted that we had to have a lock on the door and we only had this closet that had a lock on it, so we had to do all our development in there and it was always over 100 degrees, but we wrote late at night a little application to show what the Basic built into the IBM PC could do. And so that was Donkey.bas. It was at the time very thrilling”.

Systems requirements, yes you might be smiling, here it is:-

  • 64Kb of RAM
  • CGA Display
  • Processor clocks speed 4.77MHz

So, if you have the minimum system requirements mentioned above then you can play this game and to play this game simply Click Here and start playing the world’s first PC game.


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