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The Memories of Z80 Past: Zaxxon and Future Spy

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The Memories of Z80 Past: Zaxxon and Future Spy


@mariondaly β€’ 2 days

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Those are some super clear screenshots 0_0

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@senectus1 β€’ 2 days

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oh wow.

Watching my 13 yr old son Play with his Oculus Quest 2 while reading a throwback article like that... I feel sad that he'll never have the same sort of 8 bit gaming experience that I had, yet jealous that my childhood didn't include the amazing immersive experience he's getting.

What wonders will his kids get to experience...?

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@StanislavPetrov β€’ 2 days

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I remember spending 40 minutes loading Zaxxon on my Atari 800 on a cassette drive (only to have it crash half the time half way through the load).

How times have changed.

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@smackeyacky β€’ 2 days

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Our local news agent used to have a single arcade machine outside the door when I was growing up in the early eighties. They started with a defender machine, fantastic game but really difficult and not super popular. That was replaced with with Galaga for a brief period, then Zaxxon.

None of us really got used to Zaxxon. Defender was hard but learnable, galaga is an exercise in memory which was hard but you didn't feel like it was unlearnable. Zaxxon seemed arbitrarily difficult, especially the janky collision detection.

The local kids got their galaga machine back when we complained to the news agent.

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@elevaet β€’ 1 day

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Zaxxon seemed like the most sophisticated, futuristic game, and fiendishly difficult to play. I never lasted more than a few 10s of seconds. It was a brutal temptress.

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