Game development became an obsession of mine back when I was about 13, during the whole Home Computer craze of the 80’s.
It all started when I got my first hands-on go of a ZX-81. I was absolutely amazed that you could press a key, and like magic it’d display on the screen! Incredible… Anyway, for me the possibilities seemed endless, and I was hooked from then.
(the obsession with Sharks dissapeared over night)
So I learnt to program Basic from books, a year or two before I even had my own computer. When I finally got my first (a shiny new SpectraVideo SV-318 with the red joystick for cursor control!)
I found it all came naturally and I had a sprite bouncing around the screen in the first night of coding.
Over that time I created many, many games – most unoriginal, and none that actually got completed. I’d always get things working & looking nice, and then I’d try and add some AI, or colision detection. At which point the performance would go to heck!
*no time to finish this now, so I will continue the history lesson later…*