Pet Person was the original incarnation of Little Computer People, before it was brought by Activision as a concept, and re-designed/developed by David Crane into the game we all know and love.
The original concept was fairly similar to the final game, but Activision would add the likes of a card game and make changes to sound and music throughout. According to Todd Marshall, a lot was changed overall from the original game.
The original concept was about a year in the making, suggesting that it was probably created and sold in 1984 to Activision.
It is possible that something of the original concept still exists, so its hoped that for posterity it could be found some day. For more details, check out this interview with Todd Marshall.
Contributions: Andrew Fisher, Brian Bagnall, Scott Stilphen
My interview with Todd is now on my Atari Compendium website.
Thanks Scott, i’ll get that updated right away!
Hi Scott – I forgot to ask, but would it be possible to add the Pet Person source print out on this page with credit to yourself and the webpage?
Believe its not the one you are looking for, but at least the program name says “pet person”, take a look at
and inside the
and find “disk086a.d64”.
Thanks for the heads up! Looks like they possibly named the disk as a tribute to the original game?