The Macintosh 1984 case design rumor has an end!June 18, 2013
Dear Vectrex Friends,
there was this rumor around that the Macintosh 1984 case design was inspired by the 1982 Vectrex case design concept. I contacted the Macintosh 1984 case designer Jerry C. Manock and asked him this simple question, (followed by is his answer):
Was the design of the Macintosh 1984 inspired by the Vectrex 1982 in any way ?
Absolutely and emphatically NO!
I have no knowledge of the 1982 Vectrex and have never seen one.
Retro fair | first time in BerlinMarch 27, 2013
The iconic event, first time in Berlin. The very first Berlin retro fair will take place in the area around the Computerspielemuseum on April 27 and 28 from 11am to 5pm. In contrast to previous fairs in other cities, this one will be in the open air. There is no entrance fee to the fair. Regular fares apply for visiting the museum. Merchants can rent booth space to trade or sell interesting pieces from the history of video games.
April 27 and 28 from 11am to
Karl-Marx-Allee 93a | 10243 Berlin
Merchants can apply here
November 01 | Play Your Vectrex !September 17, 2012
1. On November 1, PLAY YOUR VECTREX.
2. Make a note of what game(s) you played. Your name will also be needed as part of the record for the International Play Your Vectrex Day wiki page.
These two things are mandatory. There are also bonuses that can be added as well, such as keeping a record of your game(s’) score(s), taking photos of your score(s), your Vectrex/collection, making a drawing or gif or something that is Vectrex-related, etc. Full rules and regulations can be seen on the Wikia Vectrex wiki page or on the vector gaming forums, along with how to contact me if players wish for me to put up the information for them, rather than if they do not wish to edit the wiki page themselves.
YouTube video to follow, hopefully somewhere between October 12-15.
We hope to see you on November 1st!
Vectrex at Digibarn Computer MuseumMay 5, 2012
The DigiBarn Museum has a Vectrex page, including words on the artifact from its contributor, Ed Satterthwaite, who worked at Xerox PARC in the 70s and 80s.
Comment from DigiBarn curator Bruce Damer: aren't these ultra retro cool, we think of the Vectrex as "the Blade Runner" machine!
Demo for the Vectrex won 1 place!May 1, 2012
Vectrex Timeline - What happened 30 years ago... ?February 7, 2012
Here is the second entry for the series about the history of the Vectrex.
First months of 1982:
A strict timetable demands that the first 12 games and the hardware should be ready in June 1982. The Vectrex name is subsequently chosen, as already described.
John Hall later exclusively works on "Mine Storm" while Gerry Karr works on The Executive alone. Gerry starts over from scratch and changes the name to the RUM (Run Time Monitor). In the end, a number of people contribute to the RUM, most notably Duncan Muirhead who handled most of the heavy trig stuff.
Come back to the VecNews, this series will be continued!
Vectrex Timeline - What happened 30 years ago... ?January 28, 2012
Here is the first entry for a news series about the history of the Vectrex.
Large supply of 5" CRT's bought cheaply from a liquidator's surplus.
"Mini-Arcade" development begins with Mike Purvis and John Ross.
Project is re-named. Tom Sloper suggests "Vector-X", which soon becomes "Vectrex".
Kenner declines an option on the project.
Vectrex concept is licensed by General Consumer Electronics (GCE), and a 9" CRT is decided on.
Paul Newell, Mark Indictor and John Hall begin to engineer the Vectrex.
Bill Hawkins and Chris King join the Western Tech. They were both students at Georgia Tech at the time and are hired by Ed Smith as "Cooperative Education" students. They are supposed to work for three months and then go back to school. Duncan Muirhead joins a week or two afterwards. He had just dropped out of a Physics PHD program at UCLA.
Come back to the VecNews, this series will be continued!
Crossword Puzzles - GCE VectrexJanuary 18, 2012
1: Designed by Bill Hawkins
2: This arcade game was released exclusively on the Vectrex
4: This 3D device package with 3D Mine Strom
5: Modern day programmer of Vectrex Games
6: The final game for the light pen
7: Availbale only through GCE mail order
8: You are a vacuum cleaner
11: Based on the vector coin-op of the same name
12: This toy company bought out General Consumer Electronics
13: This cartridge had 2k of ram housed within
14: European release of Spinball
15: Rumored game title
16: This gentleman built the Vectrex prototype
19: This toy company chose not to purchase the Vectrex
23: Leather accessory for the Vectrex
26: Based on the television show and movie franchise
27: 12 K prototype
29: Evil Otto!
32: The Vectrex was first displayed during this Chicago convention
Print the crossword | download as a PDF
Asteroids Locator Map USAJanuary 18, 2012
Asteroids Locator Map USA
Much of arcade Asteroids’s allure is the glowing, minimalist vector screen. Instead of a standard TV monitor, which scans from top to bottom over and over again, the vector display draws straight lines from one point to the next where needed, like an oscilloscope. It can only be a simple polygon outline of one color, but it also means that the image is sharp and bright (Asteroids’s photon torpedoes leave a brilliant trace along the slowly-decaying phosphor of the screen), and simple to program (the video and sound data in the arcade version of Asteroids is just 2 KB of ROM code, and the game program is another 6 KB). It’s why www.atariasteroids.net have the Asteroids locator on the site: to this day, no home version or variation of Asteroids really does the same thing.