[ubuntu-uk] Retro stuff was Where Ubuntu falls short
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Sat Jul 18 13:10:26 BST 2009
Sean Miller wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 12:02 PM, LeeGroups<mailgroups at varga.co.uk> wrote:
>> Yes, I can remember playing chess (against the computer!) on a 1K ZX81...
>> ...well I say 1K, think the video used some memory, so the program was
>> less then 700 bytes and it still played a good game of chess...
> They managed to create a half-decent platform game for it. Came out
> when the '81 was in its dotage, but it was pretty impressive
> considering how little memory they had to play with.
> Do you remember when one company released a game for the Spectrum with
> a dongle that added additional memory? It was an adventure game of
> sorts... the name will come to be at some stage, I'm sure... but it's
> missing at the moment - have a vision of the box in my head, but no
> more... something of something or other I think... :-)
Do you mean the ROM/RAM cartridge by Mikro-Gen?
There is an article in the latest Retro Gamer (issue 66) about Mikro-Gen
and it mentions the Mikro-Gen addon which supposedly didn't do so well.
> Those were heady days. Remember the TV documentary on Imagine, the
> software company, that started out as "how a modern software
> development company works" and ended up documenting their demise.
> Imagine had a similar plan to do a piece of software with a dongle
> ("Bandersnatch", I think it was called) but after they folded it never
> saw the light of day.
Yeah that's a good documentary, I have a copy of it somewhere. I gather
they spent a lot of their money on Ferrari's and stuff and eventually
folded. Didn't the BBC production team nearly loose some of their
equipment when the receivers went in?
Maybe it was a case of the company doing so well they got a bit too over
On the other hand, Codemasters who started on budget titles seem to be
doing pretty well and released a couple of interesting hardware devices.
> How easy it must be these days for programmers, with so much memory
> available. Don't even have to consider that aspect. Just make it as
> big as you like and then tell the users they have to upgrade to play
Yep, all these games that need the latest and greatest graphics cards,
or maybe even multiple graphics cards. Nowadays I tend to keep gaming
to the consoles (or retro stuff via emulators). I wouldn't spend over
£50 on a graphics card and I certainly wouldn't spend £300 on one
(instead I bought an XBOX 360 Elite which gives me a HD gaming fix, and
the Wii and DS I already have give me the Nintendo fix).
> Never used to happen on a 32k BBC Micro or a 48k Spectrum. The
> programmers MADE it possible.
Yep, that was the time when gameplay was more important than graphics.
I dunno kids these days don't know they're born.
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