In March 2008, the creators of the BBC Micro met at the in London. The museum plans to hold an exhibition about the computer and its legacy in 2009.
In the early 1980s, the BBC started what became known as the BBC Computer Literacy Project. The project was initiated partly in response to an extremely influential documentary series The Mighty Micro, in which from the predicted the coming and its impact on the economy, industry, and lifestyle of the .
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The Acorn team had already been working on an upgrade to their existing microcomputer. Known as the Proton, it included better graphics and a faster 2 MHz . The machine was only in prototype form at the time, but the Acorn team, largely made up of students including and , worked through the night to get a working Proton together to show the BBC. The Acorn Proton not only was the only machine to come up to the BBC's specification, but also exceeded it in nearly every parameter.
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As the early BBC Micros had ample I/O allowing machines to be interconnected, and as many schools and universities employed the machines in networks, numerous networked multiplayer games were created. With the exception of a tank game, , few rose to popularity; in no small measure due to the limited number of machines aggregated in one place. A relatively late but well documented example can be found in a dissertation based on a ringed interconnect.
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Acorn strongly discouraged programmers from directly accessing the hardware and system variables, favouring official API . This was ostensibly to make sure programs kept working when moved to the coprocessor, but it also made BBC Micro software more portable across the Acorn range. Whereas untrappable were commonly used on other computers to reach the system elements, both BBC BASIC and assembly language programs would pass parameters to an operating system routine. In this way the MOS could translate the request for the devices and memory layout of the local machine (especially the Electron and Archimedes) or send it across the Tube interface, as direct access was impossible from the coprocessor.
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Put simply, what happened was that the BBC decided that they would produce a series of programmes about the microcomputer and computing in general and felt that it would be desirable to link the series to the use of a particular micro.