June 3rd, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Apple, Apple IIc, hand-drawn, game notes, game maps, golf, Chris, 1980s
If there were only 40 degrees in a circle, this is what it would look like.
There is a certain rustic beauty in hand-drawn video game notes that I will never cease to enjoy. Case in point: this map/reference key created by family friend Chris when he was a kid in the 1980s. I'm not quite sure what game it was for (other than "Golf"),
but it was likely a game for the Apple IIc, as I found it among related Apple IIc ephemera when I acquired his collection some years ago.
For more hand-drawn video game goodness, check out this VC&G post about my friend's Deadly Towers maps from 2006.
[ Update: 06/03/2013 - I was just talking to my brother, and he thinks that either he drew this alone or I wrote the letters and he drew the numbers. It was either a reference to a Golf game he programmed in C in 1991, or an old Atari 800 golf game that I haven't found yet. I still think it's possible that Chris wrote the letters. ]
[ From Chris' Apple IIc papers, circa mid-late 1980s ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Do you ever hand-draw maps for modern video games?
October 1st, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TRS-80, Radio Shack, Tandy, Coco, instruction manual, Dino Wars, dinosaurs, 1980
Dino Wars cast a long shadow in the world of manual covers.
[ From Dinowars manual Cat. No. 26-3057, September 1980, cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Off the top of your head, name the first video game you can think of that involves dinosaurs.
November 24th, 2009 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Freelance Work, Thanksgiving, Technologizer, 1980s, advertisement
If you liked the NES Action Set Family, then you'll probably enjoy my latest Technologizer slideshow. It examines ten early-1980s computer magazine advertisements, all of which focus on a happy family gathered around the 'ole family PC.