John Romero’s love letter to Karateka


Prince Of Persia and Karateka designer Jordan Mechner has published a delightful piece of game nostalgia.

The year was 1985, fighting game Karateka – which Mechner is currently remaking – was live and kicking on screens all over America. It captured the heart and imagination of one aspiring young game developer – John Romero.

In one of Mechner's earliest pieces of fan mail, the then unknown and 17 year-old Romero congratulates the designer on his work and even takes an educated guess at some of the techniques used to create Karateka's distinctive graphics.

You can read the full letter on Mechner's blog.