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Old 21st Nov 2023, 9:11 pm   #101
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MAZE is uploaded on the forum here at https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...61&postcount=7

For those who do fancy seeing the film it is on the gracious films website https://www.graciousfilms.com/pages/...ed-wonder-film there are also (from the home page) some short film packs one of which contains an extended look at Sandy White's development of Ant Attack on the Spectrum using the SOFTY with some shots of the development system when he was writing Zombie Zombie, also a bit of background on how he started out with an Atom etc.
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Old 21st Nov 2023, 9:57 pm   #102
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Apologies if this is the same - here's a short Youtube video showing the making of Ant Attack that mentions the MK14.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdrgBwSH9W8&t=97s

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Old 21st Nov 2023, 10:36 pm   #103
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Thanks Colin - the short I linked to is different as it includes some shots from a home movie with the original dev kit and some modern footage of his remaining equipment (it is from the same film makers) but, quite expensive to buy if the other films in the bundle do not interest people... He also covers a lot in the interview I recorded at last years 2022 GOTO 40 event...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blLUIf8DAzk
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Old 24th Nov 2023, 12:37 am   #104
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MAZE is uploaded on the forum here at https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...61&postcount=7

For those who do fancy seeing the film it is on the gracious films website https://www.graciousfilms.com/pages/...ed-wonder-film there are also (from the home page) some short film packs one of which contains an extended look at Sandy White's development of Ant Attack on the Spectrum using the SOFTY with some shots of the development system when he was writing Zombie Zombie, also a bit of background on how he started out with an Atom etc.
Thanks for the info on where to find MAZE, and also the film (min. price option actually costs slightly-more than ticket for whole Crash Live 2023 event, so that did make it well worth going for that - Although as a 'backer' you do get a pre-release download to watch more than once / get your name in the credits)
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Old 24th Nov 2023, 6:22 pm   #105
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Colin, thanks for the link to the interview with Sandy White - not sure if Tim hasn't posted a link to that at some point in the past but I enjoyed it all over again.

There was a discussion a while ago over what was the earliest example of a 'Survival Horror' game anyone could remember and of course 'Ant Attack' was a really good early example of the genre, so that was the term he was trying to remember. (3D Monster Maze on the ZX81 is arguably an earlier valid example, with many of the old text adventures like Scott Adams's 'The Count' being even earlier valid examples if you are prepared to stretch the definition a bit).

I loved Ant Attack at the time and I still find it staggering that it was written in hand coded hex and seemingly using an EPROM emulator which as far as anyone knows could only emulate 2K at a time, so quite how he wrote a game which must have taken up far more than 2K I really can't imagine, unless he had some method of block copying the 2KRAM of the softy into any specified 2K block of Spectrum memory.
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