PocketCHIP, a portable device based on PICO-8

I got this in my feed a few weeks ago and boy does it look awesome. The PocketChip is like the Commodore 64 all over again, only more hipster and in 2016. Also it’s a lot cheaper than the C64 back in the day, only $49 intro price.

So what does it do? Well, games of course and there seems to be lots of them. And it comes with tools to create your own games or change the code of all existing. Also you can make chip tunes on it, and there’s a sequencer for creating more “professionally” sounding tunes. Click here for more resources on Pico-8 game development.

I also like the technical limitations of the device, as it says on their website: “The harsh limitations of Pico-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with (and) encourage small but expressive designs…”

July 23rd, 2016|8-bit, Games, Retro|

Pictures from the Commodore 64 scene in the 80s, part 3: Furulund August 1989

In my little series featuring Scandinavian hacker parties I visited in the late 80s, we have finally come to the grand finale: Furulund, Skåne, Sweden 25 – 27 of August 1989. This was, to my knowledge the third and last meeting held in Furulund. I belive me and my friends in XAKK visitied all of them.

Unfortunately this is the only one where I actually took some pictures. At the time XAKK was about to leave the Commodore 64 scene. Me and Vivace was working on a game that was never finished. We had only one more C64 demo left to do, Bound to be best II which was released in May 1990.

Swedish friend of all things C64 and retro, Jimmy Wilhelmsson wrote an article about an article about this “Hackathon”. It’s in Swedish and you can read it here.