Humpday Wednesday #34 FX Tournament +Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story

By Todd Russell Mar13,2024

This week’s Humpday Wednesday will roll a little differently. We’ve done features on Wednesdays before like Mark Ritchie (BONUS SCORE CHASING EVENT – Virtual Pinball Tribute To Pinball Designer Mark Ritchie: 14 of 16 Games) and Roger Sharpe (Bought, Watched Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game + 8 Roger Sharpe Designed Pinball Machines and 6 VPIN Recreations). This week it won’t be pinball, however, it will be an avant-garde programmer/developer, Jeff Minter.

But before getting to Jeff’s compelling videogame collection, let’s cover the new weekly FX tournament.

PGM Weekly FX Tournament #17: Adventure Land
play guide: https://pinballfx.fandom.com/wiki/Adventure_Land

Note: this tournament table will be launched live during the Twitch stream Wednesday 3/13/2024 and the tournament will end Wednesday 3/20/2024 during the Humpday Wednesday Twitch stream around 7am PST.

Password: PGM
Search ID#: 2R3G
3 minutes timed / 7 plays only

FX Tournament History – classic rules, unlimited plays, unless otherwise noted

Humpday Wednesday #18 – FX Tournament #1: Twilight Zone
#19 – FX #2: Monster Bash
#20 – FX #3: Star Trek The Next Generation
#21 – FX #4: Attack From Mars
#22 – FX #5: Jurassic Park
#23 – FX #6: Charlie Brown’s Christmas
#24 – FX #7: Jaws
#25 – FX #8: Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
#26 – FX #9: No Good Gofers
#27 – FX #10: Exploding Kittens
#28 – FX #11: Godzilla vs. Kong
#29 – FX #12: The Getaway
#30 – FX #13: Medieval Madness
#31 – FX #14: White Water
#32 – FX #15: Son of Zeus – 3 minutes, 7 plays max
#33 – FX #16: Castle Storm – 3 minutes, 7 plays max
#34 – FX #17 (this week): Adventure Land – 3 minutes, 7 plays max

Simply search for ‘Humpday Wednesday‘ and you can view all prior Humpday Wednesdays to date.

Today’s the day, Jeff Minter fans. March 13, 2024 is the launch date for Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story (Steam).

Digital Leisure is the dev team behind the best Atari collection on Steam: Atari 50th Anniversary Edition (related: Holiday DLC for Atari 50th released, adding 12 FREE games). This Jeff Minter collection spans Minter’s long and storied career.

Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story includes 42 classic games from 8 different platforms, from Jeff Minter’s earliest work on the Sinclair ZX81 and Commodore VIC-20, to later work on the Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Atari 800, and deep into the 16-bit era with the Atari ST and Atari Jaguar.

From the Steam listing description for Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story

There is a detailed description on Wikipedia, including a full listing of all 42 games, with the most for the Commodore Vic-20 and Commodore 64, which makes this author giddy.

Both of those Commodore machines were my first owned computers back in the day. They were fun to play games on, even if these games by today’s graphical standards may seem crude.

New work was done to create emulation of consoles such as the Commodore VIC-20, Sinclair Spectrum and Sinclair ZX81. To emulate the Atari ST games, work was done to port these games to the Atari Jaguar as they both share hardware. These ports of the games are originally fan works.[3] Kohler said that without the fanbase for these games archiving and creating fan ports, these games Llamasoft would not be able to keep working as it was just a two-person operation. The Konix Multisystem, a British console that never released was emulated based on technical specifications of the system and Minter’s source code for Attack of the Mutant Camels ’89.[3]

Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story – Wikipedia

Also, during the show, will be playing an entire interview I conducted with Jeff over 20 years ago, not too long after he had Tempest 3000 released on the Nuon.

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