1984 Tag


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Bet and Win in Stud, a Simple ZX81 Poker Game
For Marchís program of the month, I offer up Stud. Written in 1984, it was my first computer card game. Calling it a card game is disingenuous as Stud is a simple high/low betting game. There are no rules or even a deck of cards. Yet simple can be fun in this random poker game. An infinite deck of …
Posted Mar 24 by Steven 3 min read

Pictures Are Pretty, How to Make a ZX81 Draw
Sometimes one function can do a lot. For February’s program, picture uses a line drawing routine to draw a pretty picture. Okay, pretty is in the eye of the beholder. But, nonetheless, it is a picture. The fun, though, is in watching it draw. A computer and a boat, together are art…
Posted Feb 25 by Steven 4 min read

Trail Blazer is my ZX81 Tribute to Tronís Light Cycles
One of the coolest movies when I was a young teenager was Disneyís Tron. What geeky kid didnít want to watch a movie about computers and video games? Sprinkle in some computer animation and how could I not fall in love. Needless to say, Tron was the inspiration for more than a few of my programs…
Posted Sep 18, 2016 by Steven 6 min read

3D Image is July’s ZX81 Program
Not everything I wrote on the ZX81 was a game, although I did write a lot of those. In fact, some of my first computer programs did nothing more than print pictures. 3D Image, a badly named program, is one of my experiments in animation on the ZX81…
Posted Jul 20, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

Vargen Crown is June’s ZX81 Program
“Jealous of Vargen’s accomplishments, a rival kingdom has attacked and kidnapped your king. As head Knight, you mount a quest to return the King, hidden somewhere in the forest by his captors. But hurry! The King's ransom has a time limit…
Posted Jun 27, 2016 by Steven 9 min read

Up Is Down in Faller, May’s ZX81 Program
Walls and creatures always make for a nice game and Faller, our program of the month, has both. It takes a bit of imagination, but watch the icky spider climb up the wall towards you. Their goal, of course, is to knock you off and claim the wall for themselves…
Posted May 21, 2016 by Steven 6 min read

Laser Blast is Aprilís ZX81 Program of the Month
April is close to wrapping up and I was able to find time this weekend to type in another ZX81 game. Laser Blast, this monthís program, has you saving the world. Kind of clichť I know, but hey this was 1984. George Orwellís novel didnít come true, but at least we could blast alienís with lasers…
Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Steven 9 min read

Computact is Marchís ZX81 Program
Ah, spring time. As winter melts away, the weather goes haywire and itís time to enjoy the bouts of sunshine, rain and the occasional thunderstorm of hail. Perhaps itís fitting that in the middle of this meteorological mayhem that Computact came back to life…
Posted Mar 22, 2016 by Steven 7 min read

Februaryís Program: Telaport
Digging through my listings, I struggled deciding what to offer for February. The first one I found was an adventure text game. Too close to last month's program, I decided against it for now…
Posted Feb 27, 2016 by Steven 5 min read

January's Program: Fireball
Januaryís program of the month, Fireball, marks a first for me. Although Iíve used a few different methods to type in my programs, Iíve always gone back to a Windows so I could use EightyOne to generate the program files and images…
Posted Jan 05, 2014 by Steven 5 min read

April's Program: Star Dodge
Late and last-minute, I present Aprilís program of the month Star Dodge. A decidedly simple game that requires you to dodge stars randomly placed on the screen. Can you get your Tie Fighter shaped ship, an inverse H, past the increasingly more dense stars? Give it a try to see. Star Dodge doesnít re…
Posted Apr 30, 2013 by Steven 2 min read

March's Program: Radier V
In 1984, I moved that Summer from Italy back to the US. As I was Flipping through my old printouts, I ran across one that I had marked as the last program I completed In Italy. How cool is that? Seeing this I just had to make Raider V my program of the month for March. I was a big fan of mechanized …
Posted Mar 15, 2013 by Steven 3 min read

February's Program: Enlarger
The old saying ďtime flies when youíre having funĒ is so true of late. This year started with a bang and I feel like Iíve been running ever since. It isnít that I havenít wanted to work on my old ZX81 programs, but they often take a back burner to other past times…
Posted Feb 24, 2013 by Steven 3 min read