Just for fun

This takes me back to the days when we programmed using ASCII characters for graphics. You had to get really inventive because there was no way to create vector-based graphics on what were essentially text-based systems. If you were lucky, you could program in BASIC or some fiddled version of it for your machine.

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when Timex-Sinclair ZX-80s were the latest thing, and Commodore’s VIC was in the works. Board Buckets abounded.

Okay, enough of that. I got this in the newsfeed this morning:

There’s nothing quite like inventive engineers with time on their hands. After reverse-engineering a microcontroller, rewriting software for it, creating a typeface, and building a frame buffer for an LED display… a group of engineers created an ASCII version of the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope. Watch it from the comfort of your own galaxy.

Star Wars in ASCII..

Yeah, it’s a little shaky, but hey, it adds to the atmosphere.


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