It’s time once again for another MiniLD! And for this one, let’s take a step back… in time!
The theme this time is the RETRO CHALLENGE! Write a software for some classic/retro hardware… Don’t have any old hardware around? No problem! Emulated systems are fine! Don’t know how to code in ASM? No problem! Use any of the old development or game making tools from that machine’s time. You can use any hardware emulation or simulation platform… basically anything that can be emulated/simulated on reasonably recent hardware, but not including modern system VMs. that’d be cheating. (Let’s say, try to stick to previous generation of home computer technology (pre-windows) if you’re going for Intel based stuff. So, MS-DOS based games would be okay if you wanted to go that route.)
So, if you want to make a Commodore 64 game in pure asm? Great!
You want to make a BBC Micro Basic program? Great!
You want to use Deluxe Construction Set on an Amiga? Awesome!
You feel completely insane and want to write for a barebones Atari 2600 VCS? Go for it!
You feel like making a Hypercard Stack for a Mac Plus? Huzzah!
Are you up for the challenge?
I should note that you don’t need to write a game for this. If you want to make a tool, a toy, a demo, a particle accelerator simulator? That’s awesome too!
This Mini LD will start on June 13th and run to June 23rd.. give or take ;). Things can get a bit dicey and cumbersome working with these old platforms, so squeezing it on two weekends is probably worthwhile. You don’t need to provide web-based emulators for your platform. Just use whatever packaging is appropriate for your device, and we’ll work out best practices for emulation in the comment thread here…