The eight bit era is defined differently by different people, but for me, it was effectively from 1980 (first time I programmed a TRS-80) to 1990 (when I got a Mac SE).
During these years I was in my last year of high school, four years of college, and five years of seminary.
During this summer of 2019, I am focusing my reading, my gaming, my movie watching, my music choices, and my programming projects on the 1980’s.
For programming, that basically means my Commodore 64 (here’s a link to the blog page which has other C64 stuff I’ve done), the C64 being a beautiful example of an eight bit machine (with a 6502 processor) which held up strong through the whole second half of the decade. For gaming, that means an NES Classic (the games, at least, were all originally eight bit), games on the C64, and games in an Atari 2600 emulator (from Steam) on my laptop.
Here’s my Eight Bit Summer list to date:
- Watched Blade Runner (earlier in the Spring)
- Watched Back to the Future (earlier in the Spring)
- Listened to album Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
- Watched Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Programmed my C64 to explore the Kolakoski Sequence
- Programmed my C64 to find the zeros of a function using Newton’s Method and Halley’s Method
- Watched Ghostbusters