I thought it was somewhat worth mentioning that the BBC was releasing their old Computer Literacy Project Archive. Although they for some reason never released any of their materials to the colonies and or territories, so although I’ve never seen any of this stuff, I’m sure others know far more about it.
I’m kind of surprised they didn’t keep this kind of thing up, although I guess after David Braben made it a priority again, and the Raspberry Pi was born, completing the cycle of the birth of Elite!
It has cut down the video rendering obviously, but still has some of the C enemy AI logic, it’s a bit more like Wolf in that there is no height in the cut down levels, but wow it’s still amazing to see. The sound effects were re-cut from the PC speaker stuff, and yes, even reduced versions of the MIDI music make the cut!
Naturally this won’t run on a stock 20, rather you need to get the maximum 37kb of RAM, and it requires a floppy disk drive.
It’s really cool to check out, and yes it runs on VICE.
And frankly the bigger thing to behold is just how FAST Google chrome is at java script. On my Intel Centrino laptop the google benchmark (http://v8.googlecode.com/svn/data/benchmarks/v5/run.html) scores 105 in Internet Explorer 8, while Google Chrome scores 3330.
That’s not a typo, Google Chrome is more then 31x faster than IE at executing Java Script.
I’ve got to find out where that whole NaCL thing went to, and where it is.
But seriously, go check it out! Mario in a browser without flash!