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Thirty years ago—on January 15, 1991—an American college student named Tim Sweeney released ZZT, a low-key adventure game with a revolutionary element: It shipped with a free, built-in game editor. ZZT’s success spawned Epic Games, Unreal Engine, and most recently, Fortnite. Here’s why ZZT was special.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&gdpr=0&us_privacy=1—&client=ca-pub-9173525300015284&output=html&h=165&slotname=2986027408&adk=176094986&adf=1950322578&pi=t.ma~as.2986027408&w=658&fwrn=4&lmt=1613814304&rafmt=11&psa=0&format=658×165&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.howtogeek.com%2F713532%2Fbefore-fortnite-there-was-zzt-meet-epics-first-game%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&adsid=ChEIgIPDgQYQ9-Gb1dv6wJm4ARJMAMnBFvxbcxeuPzfzejt4jGUO7mlyduubPQIGOFH5ipzAW-WefkTY-_HZxZ9qGM0pwGlZZXlbFtJAEfgaCtvAJvGeYqjeuQXStCapwA&uach=WyJXaW5kb3dzIiwiNi4xIiwieDg2IiwiIiwiODguMC40MzI0LjE1MCIsW11d&dt=1613814135082&bpp=32&bdt=1221&idt=8275&shv=r20210211&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D67f5acd64c97ddc9%3AT%3D1613814164%3AS%3DALNI_MYbium-1DheCEJalgNDNqJy-HZnPA&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=1&correlator=7254030026017&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=589636342.1613814144&ga_sid=1613814147&ga_hid=1889623067&ga_fc=0&rplot=4&u_tz=-480&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=156&ady=928&biw=1349&bih=608&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=42530672%2C21068084%2C21068769%2C21068893&oid=3&pvsid=1524852645462861&pem=63&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C625&vis=1&rsz=o%7Co%7CeEbr%7C&abl=NS&pfx=0&fu=9344&bc=31&jar=2021-02-20-09&ifi=1&uci=a!1&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=HozP5Neyam&p=https%3A//www.howtogeek.com&dtd=M What’s a “ZZT,” Anyway? Tim Sweeney’s passion for programming began on his Apple II when he was…

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