Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[game] MultiDude by Denis Grachev

As you all know I rarely ever post games here, but this brand new ZX Spectrum title really caught my attention. Made by Denis Grachev, MultiDude is mesmerizing puzzle platformer.

You take control of a team of characters with various abilities, who all need to work together in order for all of them to reach an exit on each level. Easier said than done. Tons of levels and slick multicolor graphics powered by Einar Saukas' Nirvana engine await you.

Download the game here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

[demo] fluid64 by Rudi

Some fresh MS-DOS sizecoding goodness from Rudi. Discrete fluid dynamics simulated in 64 bytes.

The video is obviously quite crappy, so I recommend grabbing the binary here and running it in DOSbox.

[album] VA - Dubztract

Pulselooper, Droid-on, and Subway Sonicbeat (all of chippanze.org fame) have teamed up for this wonderfully weird, dark, experimental, and lo-fi (chip)dub compilation. There aren't many releases like this, so I suggest you better give it a listen!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[demo] Timmy by speccy.pl

Today we have something quite unusual: A demo for the Timex 2048. Released at Riverwash last weekend, it took first place in the combined demo compo, smashing the competition from PC and Amiga.

The demo may not be the most impressive ever in terms of effects, but still deserves a big fat thumbs up due to the fact that it's indeed the first demo ever made specifically for this ZX Spectrum clone. Also, it has a nice screen by Piesu, cute music by Ziutek, and is overall put together quite well.

Download and discuss

[album] 1-bit Mechanistic by Tufty

Great news for all fans of fuzzy 1-bit sound! Tufty has released a new ZX Spectrum album today.

"1-bit Mechanistic" contains some of the best beeper music I have heard in recent years. Very strong, dynamic and melody driven power ballads - this guy knows what he's doing. Also included are some stunning 1-bit renditions of "That Old Magic" by 4mat and "So Cold The Night" by the Communards.

Final verdict: Highly recommended!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

[demo] Sunglasses at Night by Ghostown & Whelpz

A stylish oldskool Amiga (OCS/ECS) demo by Ghostown & Whelpz. 2nd place at Riverwash 2014 combined demo compo.

Download and discuss

Thursday, September 18, 2014

[album] Jellica's Untitled EP Now Available as Musicdisk

Jellica's recently released untitled EP is now available as C64 musicdisk, so you can enjoy these excellent dual SID tunes on emulator or real hardware (provided you have a dual SID mod). It also comes with beautiful PETSCII artwork by Raquel Meyers.

Download and info here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

[talk] Yugoslavian Home Computers

A very interesting talk held by Žarko Živanov at the Hack'n'Play conference in Freiburg, Germany earlier this year is now available in the CCC mediathek. In his one hour long presentation, Mr. Živanov not only covers the (somewhat) popular Galaksija and Orao home computers, but also less known machines such as the Lola 8/8A, Galeb, and Pecom, as well as some obscure clones made in various parts of former Yugoslavia. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Printer Doom

Got a Canon Pixma printer? Now you can play Doom on it:

The background of this story is much more sinister than one might think. This isn't so much about porting a 16-bit classic to a device that wasn't intended for it. The reason this was done is to once again highlight the desolate state of security in the so-called "Internet of Things".

What made the hack possible in this case was a vulnerability in the printer's firmware. This allows any attacker to remote inject malware via a forged firmware update, thanks to a broken crypto and lack of user authentication.

Read the full story on Contextis.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

[album] Famifood by Protodome

New Protodome stuff, hip hip horray! Prolong your summer mood with this happy, jazzy, midiNES releases, featuring plenty of cheese, silly jokes, and some sprinkles of latino flavour thrown in here and there.