Occasional ramblings on games, generally retro related

​When my parents brought home a ZX81 one day (complete with wobbly 16K RAM pack, of course) I discovered the joy of programming. But it wasn't until I got my hands on a ZX Spectrum that my obsession with games really began, which continued with the C64, Amiga, right through to this day. The 80s and early 90s were an amazing time for games, not just for the games themselves but for the fascinating people behind them - it was truly a time of pioneers and creativity.

I myself have spent the last (almost) 20 years working in the games industry on all manner of platforms, most recently iOS. Ziggurat Development Ltd is my company here in NZ that provides contract programming services.

Over the past few months I’ve been getting back into Gameboy & Gameboy Advance games played on the original hardware. The one thing I’ve been yearning for is a better screen (how did I read text on the SP back then?! I guess that’s old age for you…), so I’m very interested in Analogue’s Pocket:


They’ve done an impressive job with their Super Nt and Mega Sg consoles, so I have high hopes for this.

BBC One’s The One Show had a nice piece on legendary C64 musician Rob Hubbard today. Originally timed for broadcast right as a Kickstarter involving him to record an album of classic 8bit music with a full orchestra went live, it disappeared for a month and the campaign ended a few days ago. Thankfully it was still funded. Lovely to see the appreciation he deserves.


Peter Diamandis has an interesting series of blog posts in progress looking at the current state and near future potential of Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality/Spatial Computing.