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A Personal Journey into Classic Game Development...

Spike Supersports Title Screen (Vectrex): Image from Martijn Wenting's developer blogSpike Supersports Title Screen (Vectrex): Image from Martijn Wenting's developer blog...Or so goes the tagline to the blog, d3singer.com, which, despite the tiresome "leet-speak" (which I refuse to ever learn, thank you very much) in the title, is an intriguing development diary from Martijn Wenting of the Netherlands.

I first "knew" of Martijn from frequenting his Vectrex News Website, which not only obviously provides news on one of the most unique videogame systems ever, the Vectrex, but also a plethora of related information and software tools for the highly collectible unit. Fairly recently he decided to document his software development activities in blog format, and, for those who wish to develop for classic systems or are just interested in programming or even classic systems in general, it's terribly fascinating. He's into everything from the Vectrex (natch) to the ColecoVision and MSX systems to the Atari 2600, GameBoy and beyond.

There are great photos that document many of his activities, including screenshots of works in progress. The blog is still in the nascent stages of development itself, but even in these early stages it's quite inspirational.

One issue though is why do all these software and hardware developers seem to be from that mythical locale known as "Europe"? I realize here in America, where I'm from, we have quite a few of our own classic hobbyist developers, but all the "big" stuff seems to source from halfway around the world. In all seriousness, though, I wish the best of luck to Martijn. We need more like him no matter where they're from.

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