Category Archives: Retro Computing

Multi-Platform Arcade Game Designer

A new distraction suddenly appears and WauloK takes it onto his load of “Stuff to do” along with developing Foxglovz and a game or two. 😀
I have so many game ideas in my head I’d love to port or create new on the VZ200 platform that I’m wearing myself thin on all my projects! Oh yes! I’m also still trying to port ZX 1bit audio engines to VZ. I’ve been getting some help for information from the guys at RandomFlux and will keep trying now and then when I have time.

Pacman written in MPAGD on VZ200 emulator

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#8bitsnow

There’s a fun challenge on Twitter at the moment with the hashtag #8bit snow. They want people to make little demos on their 8bit computer for Christmas and post it to Twitter with this hashtag. I whipped up something quickly in Z88dk today.

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Foxglovz

In 2000 I programmed a clone of Arkanoid for the VZ200/300 computers called Arkaball. This was done with the help of the Z88DK devkit which lets you code in C for Z80 microcomputers.
Since then Z88DK has moved ahead in leaps and bounds and is even better than before.
I wanted to be able to easily create fonts and display them on the VZ screens. I saw the Flappybird clone for VZ used monochrome sprites and with some research discovered these are supported by Z88DK.

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Dick Smith VZ-300

When I was about 12 years old my parents bought me a Dick Smith VZ-200 computer. This is a rebranded Video Technology Laser 210 sold in Australia.
I had been looking for something in my dad’s wardrobe and lifted up a jumper or towel and it was hidden underneath. I was so excited! But I wasn’t supposed to know so only told my sister haha. I spent many years playing that computer.
A friend of mine (Guy Thomason) was kind enough to give me his Dick Smith VZ-300 computer recently.

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