6 Jul 2013

My first childhood – game code listing books

Author: will | Filed under: CoderDojo, LBC, programming, Writing

These books are part of my childhood, and pretty much sum up the contradiction of pleasure and pain… the pleasure in playing a game, the pain of making the game work.

One of the CoderDojo kids complained that in writing a computer game involved too much writing. And he’s almost right. There is a lot of writing, its called writing code for a reason. Not clicking code, not dragging code; writing. Its a pain in the fingertips, and in the head.

But making these games thought me. I was a bedroom coder. Once I had it working, it would be saved and experimented with. I hacked my own dogfood, well, hacked my own demon dog battles.

The funny thing is, these games are pretty much as retro as you can get. Part of me wants to fire up a Commodore 64 emulator to see how they work. Part of me wants to convert these to Javascript canvas games, even it it runs the potential wrath of the Scholastic authors and publishers.

I want to see old memories run.
I want to hack old memories in to something else.


This is a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “Contradiction”.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar.

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5 Responses to “My first childhood – game code listing books”

  1. Will Knott Says:

    Its occurred to me that these old games may translate well to HTML5, Python, PHP  et al. Anyone got contacts in Scholastic (the publishers from the 80's are still around) to see if they have plans, and if not, if they can grant permission to get these old beasts flying again.

  2. Olivier Ansaldi Says:

    Oh wow. That's a blast from the past. I had these exact same books!

  3. Grannymar Says:

    Games in my day involved jumping over the wall at the end of the garden to hit a ball with a bat – in real time!

    Will, are those old games all about fighting, shooting & killing?

  4. Will Knott Says:

    Oh no, there is some wanton destruction in there too!

    Actually there are also the trying to land the “ship” and I think a bat vs wall game.

    As for killing things… didn’t your brothers play variations of Cops and Robbers?

    When it comes to computer games, nurture is very hard.

  5. Rummuser Says:

    My game playing days are over unless I can find three other nuts to play Bridge!

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