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Vx02 Emulator

Postby aeb » Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:08 pm

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There's very little information available, but apparently Vx02 was a true oddball, low budget home computer based on 6502 chip and manufactured by Imaginary Early Computers, Inc. over 40 years ago. Vx02 has no keyboard! Everything is controlled by a joystick (or as they call it, a "Controller Stick", strictly no joy involved here). And there's no mass storage - you must write your program code again every time you power up the computer.

The computer seems so bad that it probably (hopefully) never went to larger mass production. I can imagine teenage boys in the test audience literally crying after spending two hours entering hex dump with the "Controller Stick" from the manual appendix to play "The Wall". And their parents getting furious and commenting that they would absolutely never spend 900 bucks for something like this, what "was supposed to be a fun video game for the kids".

I came across the original Vx02 Operation Manual while dumpster diving vegan food and supplies, and immediately wanted to code an emulator for this obscure platform. So here it is. If you're into some programmer's sudoku, give it a try. Can you write a game in 256 bytes?

Manual: http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/154986/Vx02%20Operation%20Manual.pdf
Emulator instructions: http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/154984/Vx02%20Emulator.pdf
Download the emulator: http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/154983/Vx02%20Emulator.zip

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Re: Vx02 Emulator

Postby hasseapa » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:29 am

aeb wrote:Name: Vx02 Emulator

There's very little information available, but apparently Vx02 was a true oddball, low budget home computer based on 6502 chip and manufactured by Imaginary Early Computers, Inc. over 40 years ago. Vx02 has no keyboard! Everything is controlled by a joystick (or as they call it, a "Controller Stick", strictly no joy involved here). And there's no mass storage - you must write your program code again every time you power up the computer.



LOL
Well done! The manual is highly recommended reading :lol:

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Re: Vx02 Emulator

Postby Mike » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:32 pm

hasseapa wrote:Edit: I am not sure if replies are allowed here but there was no discussion link. If not, please remove.

(mod: Post/Topic moved into the Games section and Announcement reinstated in the form as has been established over the years.)

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Re: Vx02 Emulator

Postby orion70 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:25 pm

Wonder how could they think this would have a market with those limitations.
Thanks for providing us with this gem - the dark side of 6502 :lol:

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Re: Vx02 Emulator

Postby r.cade » Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:22 pm

Very funny!
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