Introduce yourself!

Introduce yourself. Pimp your website, competition, event or other activity here, as long as it's Spectrum related.
Ralf
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Ralf » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:15 am

Welcome Mr Pixel. Good to see a young blood here. Good to know that not only us, 40 years old geezers care for these old machines ;)

You may still share your interests between Spectrum and Atari. As I understand you were interested in 8 bit Atari. Did you learn already that it had a second life in Poland after it's commercial death in the west? There are actually active Atari 8-bit Polish websites and communities, you may check for example for http://atarionline.pl Click "translate" in top left corner and choose English.

But I'm not going to distract you too much from Spectrum ;) I understand that you are more a programmer than let's say hardware guy. So ask questions and we'll be waiting to see some game of yours soon :)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by MrPixel » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:29 pm

Nomad wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:24 am
Welcome! These are a few suggestions. Hope you enjoy your stay. With the Atari you are going to find a lot of 'grass greener on the other side' issues. Understand your frustration with the lack of 400/800 love though.
MrPixel wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:53 pm
am planning on getting a +2 from Ebay
You should consider joining the +3 master race :lol:
i love the colors, ease of use for Basic and feel oddly drawn to the fact that there are no hardware sprites,


Seems like you are suffering from stockholm syndrome :lol: Especially coming from Atari its going to be very frustrating. But still if you like a challenge then have at it.
the Hobbit (of which i hope to someday port to the Atari 800)
That would be a monumental project - you can see for yourself some of the issues/chalanges you would face in trying to port the hobbit to the Atari by looking at the spectrum dissasembly. It has a clever structure that makes it very difficult to do stuff like fan translations (because of tokens).. Its more like a database in design (because the lady that was on the team was an expert in database design..)

But have at it if you want to climb that mountain. There is a reason some of these games are unported. :lol:

You could probably do a good port of neuromancer for the spectrum with a lot less heart ache.

That said if you did have a serious crack at porting the hobbit you would be in a good place to learn a lot about early database design on microcomputers.
i am 24 years old and am an avid gamer. i also love old tech, adore VHS and view Old tv's as futuristic
You should read some of the cyberpunk books - I think you will enjoy them if you have not already. The Sprawl trilogy is one of my fav. But edgy hipsters are more into snowcrash.

For more reading suggestions, if you are into comics why not have a crack at 2000AD? Hmmm Miracleman is another awesome read if you can get it. I think its better than watchman.

Then there is the cool Japanese stuff like Akira comics, I love the movie but the comics are where its at.

Just a suggestion... I would watch the bold ones first..
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Apple seed, Tokyo Babylon, Legend of the Overfiend, Devil Man, Akira, The Guyver, Legend of the Four Kings, Battle Angel Alita, Cyber City Oedo 808, AD Police, Patlabor, Rougin Z, Ninja scroll, Genocyber.Demon City, Monster City,Fist of the North Star
If after watching those you don't get some sort of bizarre inspiration for a game I am not sure what will :lol:
i'll keep this in mind, thanks a lot. speaking of which, does the 128 version of the hobbit fix the slow level loading? the screen takes a long time to draw :?: and i just finished Seperation Anxiety for Genesis, good ideas, bad game. it's on my youtube page. shall i give the link?
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by MrPixel » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:30 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:11 pm
Welcome @MrPixel

You will find the vast majority of type-ins from ZX Computing here:

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27p ... pehome.htm

Also, if on our home page you just type 'ZX Computing' into the search box at the top of the page you will get a big list of titles their too.

You can also download PDF versions of ZX Computing from the @KenD RetroPDF site. You just need a Torrent tool like https://www.qbittorrent.org/
i looked, most are greyed out.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by PeterJ » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:48 pm

@MrPixel

Are you referring to the RetroPDF site? They are all available:

https://retropdfs.wordpress.com/current ... llections/

and around 60% of the ZX Computing listings are available:

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27p ... _names.htm

Is there a listing that you specifically want from ZX Computing?

Peter
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by MrPixel » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:54 pm

a zx spectrum port of monster maze maybe? one that uses all available colors
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by PeterJ » Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:02 pm

There is nothing in the archive like this. The closet is a version of 3D Monster Maze that runs on the Spectrum.

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=30402

You mentioned that you wanted a listing from ZX Computing. Which one do you need?
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Einar Saukas
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Einar Saukas » Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:21 pm

MrPixel wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:29 pm
speaking of which, does the 128 version of the hobbit fix the slow level loading? the screen takes a long time to draw :?:
Not anymore! Take a look:

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=30399

And welcome to the forum! :)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Dethmunk » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:52 pm

:geek: Hi everyone. I'm new to these forums. My name is John 'Dethmunk' Blythe. I love making games and discovered AGD in 2016. Since then I've completed 4 games and have 2 more in development. I'm 48, I work as a 3D Artist for Natural Motion Games, worked as a professional artist since about 1999 when I started at Gremlin Graphics -> Infrogrames -> EA -> Criterion -> Ghost Games -> Natural Motion Games (ZYNGA).
I own many retro systems including: Vectrex, SNES, Master System, Megadrive, Sega Saturn, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, PS2, Amiga CD32, Atari Jaguar, Nintendo Gameboy (With backlight mod), Gameboy Colour, Game Gear and several retro style machines RetroPie Arcade Cab and Super Retro Trio.
Hopefully soon the ZX Spectrum NEXT //// will be arriving and I can have a little slice of Spectrum 'like' hardware to play games on instead of emulators. ;)

Also I've been involved in other projects on the Acorn machines - The Darkness of Raven Wood - Text Adventure (BBC B/Master/Electron Coding and GFX), WHITE LIGHT - Vertical scrolling Shoot em up (BBC B/B+/Master GFX) and currently Prince of Persia - Action Arcade Platformer (GFX) BBC Master 128k only.

All my games can be downloaded from my site: www.rucksackgames.co.uk
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Seven.FFF » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:05 pm

Hi John, good to see you here!

I did a front light mod to my GB Color recently. One of these days I’ll start that GB Color version of Tumult.

Working on a Next game right now, Robotron 2084. It’s nice machine to develop for :)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Dethmunk » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:54 am

Seven.FFF wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:05 pm
Hi John, good to see you here!

I did a front light mod to my GB Color recently. One of these days I’ll start that GB Color version of Tumult.

Working on a Next game right now, Robotron 2084. It’s nice machine to develop for :)
Nice that should be awesome. All I say is don't get fancy with the control scheme. It'll make it unplayable, like other keyboard versions. Just stick to left, right, up, down and fire... otherwise trying to replicate the movement direction and seperate fire directions is a nightmare on keyboard. Lol :D
Looking forward to seeing it though. Still waiting for my cased Next to get going on it.
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