GamesArchive wrote:Hi Clinton,
great to hear you're supportive of some kind of computer museum to become a reality in NZ --- I imagine there will be heaps of fellow collectors who would endorse that sentiment.
The thing is it can only really happen if there is lots of collaboration between vintage computer collectors (sharing knowledge, resources, time & money to make it happen). I too would love to see this happen, but will just stress here again that the "Play It Again" joint project that the NZ Film Archive is involved in, is primarily focused on preservation of (NZ) gaming software, with an ultimate aim of making these accessible to the public via emulation or transcoding scenarios.
lizardb0y wrote:Andrew Bradfield and Harvey Kong Tin of Dunedin produced two games - Laserhawk and Hawkquest for the Atari 8 bit computers. I know Harvey from a computer club we both used to attend, and he has previously offered me some of his papers and disks from the 80s. I'll get in touch and see if he'd be willing to donate material to the NZFA.
Harvey wrote:I have been sitting on a small pile of 'stuff' which helps document the development of "Laser Hawk" and "Hawkquest" - New Zealand's first commercial computer arcade-style videogames - made entirely in Dunedin. To my knowledge - 1985 to 1989 - there was no one else? Who actually finished programming/designing their own computer videogame?
Harvey wrote:The Otago Early Settlers Museum here, have contacted me and said they'd like to include Laser Hawk again, into some computer display for when the museum reopens --- it is undergoing a major upgrade redevelopment at the moment.
Harvey wrote:I think the best way to show off the Laser Hawk and Hawkquest, is to have a continuous video running (say off a Media Player device, off a USB flash drive - with no moving parts to break down) - and if they wanted it interactive as well, then include the game running off an emulator - and it being fully playable, as per the original.
Harvey wrote:As far as the history record goes - Dinky Kong may well be New Zealand's first computer arcade game - with that Vic-20 game completed a few months prior to Hot Copter (Laser Hawk) - but when these games are seen side by side - I think Laser Hawk will be New Zealand's first Coin-op quality computer videogame with it's more sophisicated graphics running - and Hawkquest can be New Zealand's biggest 8-bit computer videogame - being 360k in size overall... although it runs with a minium of 48k on an Atari 800.
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