VEC9 is the first vector arcade game to be released in 30 years, the only true 3d vector arcade game to be released besides Star Wars — and the only one to let you smash capitalist aggression for the glory or Mother Russia.
The hardware and game were developed over several years by Andrew “Batsly Adams” Reitano, Mike Dooley, and Todd Bailey. The monitor originally started with a Craigslist whim — and ended with a custom designed, FPGA based vector video card, a gunner’s control from an M1 Tank, a separate monochrome HUD, an air raid siren, and a fully functional ruble acceptor. It uses a salvaged Asteroids monitor, which is an analog X-Y display not unlike an oscilloscope. It trades color and speed for essentially infinite resolution and (monochrome) brightness.
The trailer is above – you can go to their site to see more! About the game:
In 1984, a top-secret Soviet initiative launches Russia’s final attempt to win the space race AND the cold war.
Its codename: VEC9.
Nuclear-powered laser-armed bombers are stationed in orbit, their pilots cryogenically frozen to mask their heat signature. The iron curtain falls. Thirty years later, the last forgotten Soviet radio beacons sputter to a halt. Unable to re-establish contact with the non-existent Soviet Command, Station VEC9 has no choice but to assume that the USSR has been destroyed by capitalist deceit and nuclear fire.
VEC9’s mission: to avenge Mother Russia, to punish imperialist aggression, and to destroy tyranny and the American way of life for the safety of the Communist world.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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