My first game is still available on the internet #VintageComputing #Emulation
The smackeyacky blog recounts the era of early 8-bit computers:
… a Microbee was purchased for our household and I promptly lost myself in it. Mine had a whopping 16 kilobytes of memory (later upgraded to 32!). The only programming language I knew was Basic, gleaned from magazines or half-learned from Commodore Vic-20 time at school or in shops.
I had over the course of a couple of months hacked together a game I called “Prospector”. This was done for my own amusement although a demo of it at the local Microbee store (at a small shopping centre near my house) had the employees encouraging me to submit it for sale. Which I did. This resulted in a cheque for $500 coming back to me which I promptly spent on a dot matrix printer.
In the 1990s I threw everything away to do with the poor old, now non-functioning micro. Including all the cassettes containing the source code for “Prospector”. Only through the magic of the internet and the dedication of Microbee enthusiasts, you can now see it again!
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