Black Magic at All Saints

Who does not like white skeletons and Horror Masks, can remain on All Saints at home and comfortably enjoy there the black magic of the Vectrex. As also takes place for the third time the Play-Your-Vectrex Day.Play Your Vectrex Day-Banner

Der Play-Your-Vectrex-Day (loosely translated: Spiel-Deine-Vectrex-Tag) is kind of a world-Vectrex day and takes place annually on 1. Of November to commemorate the Vectrex.

The aim of the Play-Your-Vectrex Days is fun playing Vectrex and the common thought and remembrance of the Vectrex. The rules for participation can be read in the Vectrex-Wiki (English) and are simple:

On Tuesday, 1. November, a Vectrex game on the play and then enter your full name, first name or a pseudonym with the game played on the Wiki page yourself, contact the Wiki-Admin Darryl or send a forum message to Darryl (VectorX) in the Vectorgaming Forum.
If you should have difficulties due to the English language, then please let me know via e-mail, this shouldn't keep you from participating. who would, you can make even more (see section “Bonuses” on the Wiki page).

I look forward to an active participation in the Play-Your-Vectrex Day and am curious, how many Vectrex fans will attend this year!

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Vector War VI – The international Vectrex tournament

End of October begins the now sixth vector war – um – Vector War. From Saturday, the 29. October will compete Vectrex player worldwide for a week on the Vectrex. They will play following this year 12 title:

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1. Berzerk
2. Clean Sweep
3. Dark Tower
4. Hyperchase
5. Minestorm
6. Polar Rescue
7. Star Castle

Homebrew:
1. N.E.L.S.
2. Shifted
3. Star Fire Spirits
4. Star Sling
5. Vectrexagon

The participation and the conditions are like last year:
satisfy a Vectrex For participation with games (Original-Cartridge, Multicart or VecFlash), a digital camera and English for's transmitting the highscores. To qualify satisfying scores of 6 the above title.

When Vector War participate very good players. The tournament is yet not just for experts, but have all the fun playing Vectrexbesitzer. It is a good opportunity, the games to pull off the shelf and to experience video games as in the 80s: Self longer deal with the more simple games to improve de gradually and then finally tease out one or the other highscores.

Winning teachers receive a return of attractive prices; among other things, a Vectrexagon VIP Edition and a Death Chase / Nox. More details and rules can be found in Vectorgaming-Forum

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Big Blue – Dive with the Vectrex

Big Blue – Big Blue was the thrilling French movie of the year 1988.BigBlue-Logo Also under water and not less exciting in the recently completed new Vectrex title “Big Blue” to. is the player in Big Blue object, to ertauchen as divers a single key or treasure on the seabed.

Beginning 2014 Chris Parsons has made animated by his son because, to develop an underwater game. Initially swam only a diver and a fish and the title was not yet clear. Then more and more game elements were added over a period of two years: Hedge, a boat and an island, lie on the upstream different dive resorts.

After about 2,5 Years Big Blue now completed – namely as a complete version with box, Instructions and Cartridge. Two things make Big Blue for a special Vectrex title: The venue “submerged” and the lack of shooting. Chris has deliberately dispensed with harpoons or other weapons, thus creating an absolutely family friendly game. I am looking forward to it, to play with my daughter for the first time – the perfect happiness is only likely to mermaids mode missing.

Big Blue has a circulation of 100 Copies and can Chris Website http://www.vectorrepublic.co.uk/ be ordered.

Vectrex programming at Pforzheim University – Back to the Future

A bit like Marty Mc Fly from the male and female students Back-in-the-future are likely to at Pforzheim University in price “Vectrex programming” have occurred:
In the summer semester 2016 standing in front of the students to learn the low-level programming is not as in recent years the usual NAO robot model H25 V4, but an over 30 years old, black Vectrex console model 3000 G1-EURO.

How did it happen? For small by its size of only about. 60cm cute acting, humanoid NAO robots college was a prolonged maintenance. An alternative for the robot had to be found and Professor Dr. rer. nat. Johannsen came on an unusual idea: In the attic he had from his childhood still a Vectrex console. After thinking and tinkering Professor Johannsen had put on a development environment, can be written and compiled 6809 assembler or C in the source code in Motorola. The preparations were thus established all, would be interesting, how many students would get involved with the Vectrex programming and select this quite special course.

The antiquity of the Vectrex console and something special registration for the course “Vectrex programming”, for the well-known for his enigmatic based learning Professor Johannsen had set tasks related to Machine-oriented languages ​​as first hurdles, was interested students put off apparently, since the course began with a total of 27 Female students.

About five months later and many, many lectures, internship- and hours worked on are now a total of 21 emerged Vectrexspiele, in the Vectrex-Projektgalerie exhibited are.

The majority of questions the students kindly binaries, the manual and the optional overlay visuals available for download. The results presented in the Project Gallery with description and screenshots Vectrexspiele can therefore be tried directly; a Vectrexemulator as ParaJVE to play on a PC or a VecFlash- provided or VecMulti cartridge to play on the original Vectrexkonsole.

To date, I only came to, the two games Space Assault and Traffic Race looked at in more detail. Both games are full games with scoring, Control and opponents; in Space Assault started Fabian Pfeifroth even has implemented several levels with different opponents.

Professor Johannsen and the students are very satisfied with the results arising – and manage the:
In addition to learning the machine-oriented programming as well as the careful use of limited resources such as memory and processor time are virtually interesting as a side effect, quite playable Vectrexspiele with instructions and some even came with color film. Therefore, from my side, kudos and thanks to all the students for the creation and deployment of their first films and a lot of success and fun for further study!

Vectrex32 SmartCart: The power of two hearts

The vector of the Vectrex is something special; if it were not for the limited processor and memory of the Vectrex would. So probably many a developer has thought – but now Bob Alexander did something: Die Vectrex32 SmartCart. On a clear board to a microcontroller is a modern 32-bit processor with 200Mhz and a 512kB RAM module. For comparison: The Vectrex clocked at 1 MHz and used it a simple instruction set; floating-point arithmetic, we do not want to talk. This board is plugged into the module bay, From there leads the 32-bit processor, the processing by the processor during the Vectrex only reads the video memory of the board and use this information to record the vectors.

In a demonstration video Bob impressively shows, what is possible with the Vectrex32:

Bob lives in the US and has the Hard- develops and software Vectrex32 entirely alone. He now sells first 20 Copies of SmartCart for $150. plus. Shipping and customs charges will cost the Vectrex32 SmartCart for German buyers at the current exchange rate ca. 200 EUR.

For further information in Vector Gaming Forum or on the website nicely done www.vectrex32.com to find.

The Vectrex32 SmartCart could herald a new era for the Vectrex. I press the thumbs Bob, that Vectrex32 by collectors, Players, especially once one or the other developer is adopted and arise out new interesting games for the Vectrex.