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.

I had lots of fun playing Hoppy and VZ-Invaders (written by Dubois & McNamara — You can find an interview I did about them recently on my other site). I moved onto a VZ-300 and bought a RAM expansion pack, dual floppy drives, a printer, joysticks and many, many games. I lauched VZ DiskMag — a magazine on floppy disk which I sold locally. I only managed 4 editions as I had very few contributions and had to create them myself. You can download them from BlueBilby.com
In 2000 I developed ArkaBall — an Arkanoid clone for VZ computers. The Z88DK devkit was limited then in that you could only have integer variables so the game was quite limited, but it was nicely playable.

Arkaball

I had only played it on the VZEmu emulator written by Guy Thomason.
A guy called Ben Grimmett is a member of our VZ200 fans Facebook group and he recently created a hardware project which maxed out a real VZ computer’s memory, added memory banks to switch to and an SD Card reader to allow you to store .vz files on a FAT32 system and play it on a real VZ computer! You can buy them from his online store.

VZ300 SD loader

I can put every VZ game and application on this and still have a ton of room! The smallest SD Card I could find in my town was 16Gb!
This let me play Arkaball for the first time on a real VZ computer:

Arkaball on my TV!
  1. >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

    Heh! This really made me chuckle.
    Christmas 1986 … my first VZ300 hidden in same location.

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