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by spectron
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Summer related games
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Summer related games

by spectron
Wed May 30, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Showcase your work!
Topic: Spectron 2084
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Spectron 2084

Seven.FFF wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 2:42 pm

I'll mention you in the credits for inventing the name, how about that?
Oh no need for that at all! We both tried to copy Robotron except you're doing a good job of it :lol:

I think it's more like great minds thing alike on the naming front !
by spectron
Wed May 30, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Showcase your work!
Topic: Spectron 2084
Replies: 6
Views: 959

Re: Spectron 2084

Here's a little teaser of the Spectrum Next game I'm working on. https://seven-fff.com/spectron/ Oi! I claim Copyright on that title! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2WWjoqRV6g Having said that, I have no rights and whilst my game was s&^t (although it was 35 years ago), yours is obviously excelle...
by spectron
Thu May 24, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: Basic VAL function
Replies: 18
Views: 1650

Re: Basic VAL function

The above is all relevant and correct but it was especially useful in Sinclair Basic on the unexpanded ZX81.

With only 1K for screen and program, every byte was even more important than on the Spectrum.

It may have been that it became habit and as mentioned, if you can save bytes then why not?
by spectron
Thu May 24, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Themed picture quiz - miscellaneous stuff and sundry
Replies: 37
Views: 2563

Re: Themed picture quiz - miscellaneous stuff and sundry

Just back from holiday... No it's not in a magazine but I was the coder of the C64 version as all the 8 bit versions were done by us. When we started the conversions it was called Sphericule Backed up here though https://www.exotica.org.uk/wiki/Sphericule https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Motion In a...
by spectron
Wed May 23, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Themed picture quiz - miscellaneous stuff and sundry
Replies: 37
Views: 2563

Re: Themed picture quiz - miscellaneous stuff and sundry

Originally called Sphericule till USGold made a deal with Accolade and they decided that the Americans wouldn't like the name Didn’t know that, or I'd forgotten if I did, is that in a magazine somewhere? Perhaps it could be added as a comment in ZXDB. In this case I prefer E-Motion, a rare case whe...
by spectron
Wed May 16, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Themed picture quiz - miscellaneous stuff and sundry
Replies: 37
Views: 2563

Re: Themed picture quiz - miscellaneous stuff and sundry

druellan wrote:
Thu May 03, 2018 10:52 am
15. E-Motion
Originally called Sphericule till USGold made a deal with Accolade and they decided that the Americans wouldn't like the name
by spectron
Tue May 15, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: Amstrad CPC
Replies: 17
Views: 1865

Re: Amstrad CPC

Joefish wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 12:34 pm
Knight Lore doesn't even use the remaining colour in the backdrops. But it's sprites won't take up any more memory than the Spectrum ones.
I'll bet it unpacks the required ones to 4 colour mode when switching screens though!
by spectron
Tue May 15, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: Amstrad CPC
Replies: 17
Views: 1865

Re: Amstrad CPC

You might also notice a similarity with the BBC micro. Could be because they both used the Motorola 6845 video generator.

& CGA in the PC for that matter
by spectron
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: Double buffering on the Spectrum
Replies: 44
Views: 4318

Re: Double buffering on the Spectrum

As already mentioned, there is no definitive answer. Being pedantic I'd like to leave the double buffering term for the 128k ability to swap memory whereas I'd always call the term of writing off screen then copying to the visible screen as back buffering. But that's a moot point. Most solid 3d stuf...