Vintage & Modern Tech Blog

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Most games would be pretty one-sided without some form of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). Here, I've cooked up a little Sinclair BASIC listing that keeps track of the player's decisions and in turn tries to outdo the player by pre...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rick Dickinson, the Industrial Designer responsible for the unique and memorable appearance of the Sinclair ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum computers, among others, has passed away in the United States following a lengthy battle with C...

Friday, February 9, 2018

Dara O Briain's  Go 8 Bit, returns to British television channel Dave for a third series on Monday 12th February 2018 at 10pm.

The often hilarious show sees celebrities battle it out against each other at video games from the 1970'...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

(All information correct on 12th December 2017).

Do you love arcade games? Fond memories of playing games on the seafront during holidays? Now you can have an arcade cabinet preloaded with 200 8-bit games for just £24.99.

What's t...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Near the end of the commercial availability of the ZX Spectrum , a lad I went to school with wrote in asking Your Sinclair magazine if there was any way he could upgrade his 48k+ to make it a 128k.

The magazine's reply was no, he c...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sprites can move in different directions across the screen

but, sometimes you may want a stationary sprite, as an
obstacle or decoration.

In the case of the following example, the sprite is acting
as smoke from a chimney.
For this...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Let's start off by looking at how we can give our player character a slippery obstacle to avoid (or use wisely).

For this tutorial you will need to open up the snapshot

entitled GiftHuntTutorial0001.sna.

If you don't have it already,...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Sinclair Spectrum ROM BASIC is great, and has plenty of keywords to build a plethora of programs, including games but - it was realised early on in the 1980s that BASIC programs could be slow and jerky.

The reason for this slug...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

After two years of on-off tinkering with my indie text adventure engine Vegadvent, I have decided to discontinue development to make way for new projects.

Vegadvent was so- called because it was intended to allow existing and new t...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dara O'Briain's game-centric TV show has just come to the end of it's second series on UKTV Channel Dave and, although it might be better described as 'Go 16, 32, 64, and occasionally 8 bit' the show dishes out plenty of fun and l...

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