Hi folks, slight delay while Greg gets connected...
Hello Dan, I've got spotty wifi right now hoping it will improve
Looks like we're ready to go. I'd like to welcome Greg Zumwalt to the Hack Chat today. Looks like he's having connectivity problems, but we'll try to make do.
Can you tell us a little about your background, Greg?
I went to college at the University of Tulsa for Business. While there I worked fixing arcade games to pay the rent.
After graduation I went to work for an aircraft simulation company
Cool, I worked in an arcade when I was in my teens. Always wanted to get into the repair side.
After 5 years of that Tandy asked me to write video games for them
hey! my first 'puter was a Tandy 1000
I wrote 37 video games for Tandy Corporation, Atiari, Sega of American and electronic arts.
and more that I can't remember '
One of my first games was a game called Star Blaze for Tandy Corporation for the first color computer
Games have become such big productions now. Must be so different from the days with one developer or a small team doing everything.
A few games later Tandy asked me to program Tetris created by a Russian Mathemetician
Yes it is a lot different if you wanted a graphic engine I had to write it my self
If I wanted to drawn a line I had to write my own algoryth
Did you think up the games? Like Star Blaze, was the gameplay your idea?
and there was no Wikipedia to copy-paste Bresenham from :P
When an arcade manufacturer wanted a game moved from the arcade to the computer Tandy would line me up to do it for them.
:) correct no Wikipedia
I created a few original games Varloc was one of them it was a 2 demontional chess algoryth
Flight Sim1 was another one I created. It was a flight simulator
Why do kids and people like to play for hours, but when it comes to school almost everybody wants it to be over instantly.
I always loved flight sims. Thought it must have been challenging to make it realistic without making it unplayable.
For a lot of people school isn't entertaining. But I enjoyed it I enjoyed math and science
@Sylvester Demmel because games give you a sense of agency and freedom, a sense of achievement, and a sense of belonging, and schools actively work to take all those away from you
Yes, at that time my graphic engine was line based and it was the best you could do on a 1 MHZ color computer
I always looked at it as you're happiest when you're doing what fits your brain. Sometimes that's solving problems in a game, other times that's solving problems in classes. Usually the games win, though - they just fit my brain better.
And controllers fit my hands better than a pencil
I feel kind of the same way it just all made sense to me the ones and the zeros all made sense. That is the way my brain thinks.
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