Last night I was thinking about growing up with a Spetrum 48K and thinking about all the new game development buzz words that were used back in the day...
Colour Clash - it's easier to colour and area than individual objects which lead to characters changing colour when they pass through backgrounds. Most evident on old systems from the 80s.
Sprites - an object in a game.
Parallax Scrolling - several layers of backgrounds are applied to side scrolling games. These move at different speeds to simulate real life perspective.
FMV - Full Motion Video. Some games used real video footage like Mad Dog McCree.
What other terminology can you remember which was big then but now it is never used?
Actually ,8 for the first argument was for the disk drive. ,1 was the default which was the Datasette. The second argument ,1 meant load it into the correct area of memory instead of the area reserved for Basic (which was default). Clever developers would load code into the interrupt area of memory so their game would auto-run without having to SYS anywhere (or having your Basic loader do it). Cartridges of course loaded at startup.
You guys remember cheat codes? ....
Crazy, I know.
Does "cheat codes" count? Haha.
Do people still say Ding when they level up?
Usually called something else... like assets.
as someone from germany, Importing has stopped being a thing.
back in the bday you'd often hear people say "I got the Pegi version" or "yo wanna play GTA SA? I have the NTSC version"
back then you'd import either to get around censorship or 50hz garbage pal versions.
nowadays where almost no game gets censored anymore and PAL50 isn't a thing anymore in games... that has almost died out.
now when someone from germany imports a game it's either because it's cheaper or so you don't have the giant USK age rating on the cover art.
you know... censorship sucks and all, but it was kinda fun back in the day to seek out the uncensored versions of games.
you'd go to a flea market and some guy there would have all the PEGI and UK or even US versions.
you'd see a guy selling Manhunt (which is technically illegal to sell in germany) and you were the cool kid if your grandpa or parents would buy it for you.
kids these days have it so easy (cue old mans voice) BACK IN MY DAYS YOU COULDN'T JUST BUY GEARS OF WAR IN YOUR LOCAL GAMES STORE!
Yeah I'm also from Germany and I remember the days of the most stupid censorship. Like in C&C, humans have been replaced by robots and blood with oil. Or Tomb Raider 2 having violet blood. Or in Half Life, when you killed scientists, they sat down on the floor, shook their heads and.... magically disappeared. Those were times. Oftentimes it was crucial to get the uncut version. It was that bad.
"What colours should we use?"That slogan is killing me
GPU boxes were truly something else back then.
I wouldn't have wanted it any other way looking back at it.
back then everyone including me hated the USK and BPjM for the censorship but looking back at the times, it was fucking fun to hunt down uncensored versions.
going into a small nerd store and seeing Ninja Gaiden 2 for 360 there... there was some magic to it knowing that it was "forbidden" lol
it's fucking weird to feel nostalgic towards censorship lol
Yeah getting my hands on games like Blood 2 felt magical. But I never had that hunting experience because you know.... Pirating was a thing and if you knew the right people, stuff just flew in from time to time.
For me, all that censorship sucked bawllz and I'm glad it's mostly over.
200+ page physical manuals.
No time for that tutorial shit back then. Better to read a fucking book to understand the games mechanics.
Don't miss those tbh.
Oh my! I remember the manual for Joint Strike Fighter, detailing every technical detal and possible maneuver you coul do with the aircrafts!
It was a 150+ page booklet, all in color, and it was awesome
Omg I would never have remembered that!Is Goroud shading still a thing?
This is what made men.C:\Game>game.exe
<game doesn't run coz not enough conventional memory>
<locate all DEVICE=xxx lines, change to DEVICEHIGH, save, exit>
<game runs, no sound... fiddle w/ sound settings in game, doesn't work>
<fiddle with SET BLASTER=xxx line, EVEN THOUGH IT WORKED PREVIOUSLY>
<still no sound...>
<put all sound settings back to what they were>
<wtf, sound works now... but, gamepad doesn't work... >
... Its now been 3 hours since you tried to play game...