Introduce yourself!

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R-Tape
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by R-Tape » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:23 pm

BiNMaN wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:59 am
can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to joining

howdy folks
Hello!

I keep seeing your name pop up on various projects like Kingdom Crystal 2017 but I'm still waiting for a Bog Brother's reunion :-p
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by BiNMaN » Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:19 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:23 pm
BiNMaN wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:59 am
can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to joining

howdy folks
Hello!

I keep seeing your name pop up on various projects like Kingdom Crystal 2017 but I'm still waiting for a Bog Brother's reunion :-p
I'm seeing CodenameV later today, we still discuss ideas but never seem to pin the time down...

but who knows ;)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:00 pm

Welcome, BiNMaN!
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Seven.FFF » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:45 pm

Helloooo BiNMaN :)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by stformatjez » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:14 pm

Hey everyone, I'm Jez :D I've been into the Spectrum since about '83 I guess. Favourite games include Manic Miner, Flying Shark, Renegade, Rastan, River Rescue to name but a few.

Moved on to the Atari ST in '90 (couldn't afford an Amiga!) and now run the ST Format magazine website www.stformat.com. I say I run it, I haven't actually updated it for about 2 years :lol:

Other retro interests include Tamiya RC cars, Space Lego and an unhealthy interest in G1 Transformers (pre '86) and their more recent Masterpiece counterparts :lol:

If you're dead bored and fancy a laugh, check out my Arcade/Spectrum/ST etc etc Picade emulator review, with a short Manic Miner / JSW intro :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o_nRplktDI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Nl9HrNaQ9E
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Spector » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:05 pm

Hello - I'm Spector and have posted on a lot of retro forums through the century, and I couldn't resist coming on here. You have a great up to date archive of Speccy games, and the forum looks pretty good too. Looking forward to some good arguments! :D
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:16 pm

Welcome, Mr. Spector! :)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by R-Tape » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:24 pm

I recognise that badge! Hi Spector.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Turtle_Quality » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:03 pm

Hi,
I'm Thomas. I had been doing some simple games programming as a 15 year old on friends' ZX81s and Acorn Atoms (both 1k), and was hoping to get my own computer -maybe a VIC20. Then at a computer show in April 1982 , at a crowded Sinclair stand, Clive announced the ZX Spectrum. As the flashbulbs popped and reporters asked questions about it, a spotty 15 year old shouted "What's the keyboard like ?" Clive stretches over the tables around the stand, I stretch through the crowd, to prod those rubbery keys. Late that night I persuaded my dad to loan me a massive £175 and I phoned in an order on the Sinclair hotline.

I don't remember how long it took to arrive, 6 or 8 weeks maybe, but I still got it before many of the major software houses had one. I remember being at a show in August asking ... maybe it was Quicksilver... if they would bring out Centipede because I was struggling to write my own version in basic, but they just wanted to buy my precious Spectrum from me - no way !

I got the PSS compiler by hacking it out of Light Cycles, and liked writing noisy games with nested for next loops and out commands. Sent some in for a PSS Compiler competition including a nice lunar lander (with a sprite routine written in assembly with the Spectrum manual and poke commands) and a crappy but extremely noisy game called Mazeball, that got picked up by PSS related company Wildest Dreams. You can still find Mazeball in the archives but sadly my lunar lander is lost to time. Earlier this year I tracked down my first cassette copy of Mazeball

I'd also written a short compress / decompress routine in assembly, and when I went to buy a Multiface from Romantic Robot in Kilburn, I asked if they compressed data before they dumped it all to tape. Apparently they hadn't thought of that. I offered my code for a free Multiface. They had about 130 bytes spare when my code was about 200, and I spent a couple of weeks reducing the code when I should have been doing homework, and got my free Multiface worth £40. Which went on to sell countless numbers on Spectrum then Amstrad, but I had geek cred.

So now I'm trying to push the grey cells, try to recreate that sprite code, and squeeze out an excessively noisy puzzle game - I was so taken with Sega Columns in 1990 I went home and wrote one on my Sam Coupe. Then maybe back to lunar lander.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Einar Saukas » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:29 pm

Nice story :)

Please tell us your full name, so we can add missing author information in the Mazeball entry at https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=15606
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