I've recently realized that, outside of the watching demos and listening to SID music, the European 8-bit microcomputer scene is a big historical blind spot for me. Can anyone recommend a book or a documentary? Or like a podcast?

I want to hear ZX Spectrum devs really let loose about what coding using *that keyboard* was like.

So far I can recommend these things as especially interesting:

A 1984 documentary on the UK dev scene: youtube.com/watch?v=ZoDh61sgCO

Jeff Minter talking about his career: youtube.com/watch?v=t7MmGoa5qb

Kim Justice talking about early Rare: youtube.com/watch?v=5ekkiftETw

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Also, after absorbing some of the Spectrum ethos, it is dead obvious to me that "Insanity," a PC shareware game I loved as a kid, is in spirit a ZX Spectrum game.


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I'm still dancing around actually playing the games. Can anyone recommend a few that you've played in the past 10 years and still feel like they hold up?

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@mogwai_poet The few I found myself continually returning to, via emulation:
* Knot In 3D
* i-Ball, i-Ball 2
* Head Over Heels
* Split Personalities (which will probably be reborn as a ludicrously popular mobile game, when the right dev finds it)

@mogwai_poet When the Spectrum and its games are still relevant, it's more as a bizarre timewarp/cultural lens than a workable games machine. There was a joyously anarchic silliness in the most memorable titles. Like the best pop music, it was totally of its time: Manic Miner/JSW, Skool Daze, Trashman, Hampstead, Denis Through The Drinking Glass, Monty Mole, Frankie Goes To Hollywood. They weren't made to last, just prove it could be done.

And, most of all: killscreen.com/articles/deus-e

@yoz Do we know each other IRL? Would love to sit and chat to get your perspective about this stuff.

Also is there an emulator you recommend? Because I've been having a hard time finding a good one.

@mogwai_poet I came to one of your meetups at Muddy Waters (16th & Valencia) a couple of years ago. (Short bald Brit, loved Frog Fractions.) Very happy to get together and ramble endlessly about this stuff, though I make no guarantees about the quality of the rambling. When works?

As for emulators, not a clue. It's been a while. Speccy (Win/Linux) and Fuse (Mac) seem to be most popular but that's all I know, I'm afraid. (Time for me to get a good one if we're going to chat about it.)

@yoz Ah was that after GDC? You'll have to forgive my exhausted end-of-conference memory :)

How's your day job situation? The ideal meetup for me would be during Tuesday coworking: meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Game-Ja

@mogwai_poet Day job situation lets me cowork (assuming I get actual work done) but it's not remotely game-related, and Tuesdays aren't great. But I'm in pretty much living in the north Oakland/Berkeley area these days, so perhaps an evening could work?

@yoz What time does your work-day tend to end? (Also, game-related isn't necessary, though you might end up being *distracted* by games.)

@mogwai_poet Yeah - given how easily distracted I am without games, it'd be better to keep my work time away from MADE until I have less crushing deadlines.

End of work-day is fairly flexible, though. Plus, I have many more free evenings for the next 9 days than I usually do, thanks to the kids being away. How does tomorrow evening look for you? Alternatively, next week's evenings are wide open.

@yoz Tomorrow doesn't work, I have a date night. But maybe Tuesday evening? You could catch the tail end of co-working to check the place out, then maybe we could grab sushi or burritos?

@mogwai_poet Tuesday evening works for me! I'll aim to be at MADE a little before 5. Thank you!


@mogwai_poet Aiming for 5 at MADE today, if that still works for you?

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@mogwai_poet So... Is the co-working still at 16th St, or at the new MADE location?

@yoz Ah, shit, sorry, it's at the new location, 3400 Broadway

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