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Next ZX Spectrum

October 18, 2016 — 3 Comments

I’m really surprised to be typing that there’s going to be a new ZX Spectrum, it’s been FOREVER since my career really took off developing games for the original one.  My big break was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (called the Hero Turtles in the UK), that gave me a #1 Hit and plenty of work followed.

It’s now a museum piece of hardware and so I must admit I’m excited to see this team making a new one, it’s a retro dream!  (Heck, it even looks cool!)

They have a surprise in the FAQ that it will run ZX81 games as well.  Are you kidding?

I just signed up for their newsletter…  Will be interesting to see it develop.

http://www.specnext.com/

 

 

 

Just had a fun chat with the guys at Lost Treasures of Gaming.

http://omgnexus.com/2016/01/episode-19-earthworm-jim/

 

I don’t have a copy yet, but just getting a glimpse it looks like Sam has hit it out of the park.

This kind of work is important as it’s recording some of the video game industry history in an incredibly high quality format.

More info here:

http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/sinclair-zx-spectrum-a-visual-compendium

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I learned how to program making games, it’s by far the most fun way to learn how to program (after typing “Hello World!” on the screen).

I’m a big Arduino Fan for experimenting with electronics and this Kickstarter project (I hope) ends up in every school in the country.  I think teachers would be shocked how much creativity kids could put into this device and while making the games they would tech themselves how to code.  I’m shocked it’s under $30 as I’ve previously been a big supporter of Arduino Esplora and it’s nowhere near as cool as Arduboy.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/903888394/arduboy-card-sized-gaming

Arduboy Body

Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook):

“I do think this dynamic around kids growing up, building games and playing games, is an important one because I think this is how a lot of kids get into programming,” he explained. “I definitely would not have gotten into programming if I had not played games as a kid.”

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/let-your-children-play-video-games-mark-zuckerberg/1100-6427381/

Very excited to see Anthony & Nicola Caulfield making another documentary on the video game industry.  (Last one was BEDROOMS TO BILLIONS.)

This one is all about the history of the Commodore Amiga!

Congrats for getting funded!

I did get to program a game on the Amiga, it was called Supremacy in the UK and Overlord in the USA.

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I’m amazed how the Internet Archive continues to grow.  They even have the PC Aladdin Video Game in there.  (I programmed the Sega Genesis version that it’s based on.)

https://archive.org/details/msdos_Disneys_Aladdin_1994

Press ENTER when it asks for the word from the manual.

NOTE: The Emulation was a bit slow/jerky on my PC.

Disneys Aladdin 2

CURSOR KEYS to move.

Space  = Jump

CTRL Key = Swing Sword

ALT Key = Jump

Cool to see Aladdin still getting remembered…

http://411mania.com/games/the-8-ball-top-8-16-bit-platformers/