Post by celtroniclabs on Aug 9, 2014 0:10:56 GMT -5
Whoever shot this video, thanks for doing so! I would've loved to have been in that room and had been able to talk to Larry for a little bit afterwards.
That is cool that he still has the original suitcase computer, that has been mentioned by various people on the net!
I particularly enjoyed this comment about it on the allincolorforaquarter blog:
'Some people called us and said “There’s this nut going around with a game in a suitcase and he’ll probably show up there next. He’s a kook. Don’t even think about it”. So he comes by and normally we don’t talk to people when they do that for legal reasons. But when he came in there was something about him and I knew he was very intelligent so I invited him in to talk.'
Larry is a funny guy! He has a pretty good sense of humor too. He reveals that there really was a game called "Oops" with sperm on the screen.. Along with verifying the existence of "Scramble".
It was interesting to hear him say he built his own TTL-based computer, because the current available processors, at the time he started the project, were not powerful enough to do what he wanted to do with them.
I like when he read the part, "after Larry sold Vectorbeam, he disappeared from the video game business altogether, never to be heard from again" Then he adds, "until today.." lol
This guy is to vector games what Tony Iommi is to heavy metal guitar music. He is the Godfather of Vector Games!
Wow, nice surprise! When I did an article in regards to vector gaming history years ago I couldn't find him, nor did anyone else that I conferred with for the article knew where he was either.
I'll have to check that video out later.
I shot that video and posted it. You're very welcome!
Here are a few extra pics for you with Larry Rosenthal and the prototype of Space Wars at California Extreme (CAX) 2014. Inside the original Samsonite luggage used to to transport the prototype from way back when, to this very day!
The loose wire-wrapped board on display in the picture was from a different project by Larry.
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Post by celtroniclabs on Aug 13, 2014 2:23:00 GMT -5
A Samsonite suitcase! My father used to carry a Samsonite briefcase, to and from work, for over 25 years.. I still have his old briefcase.
Thanks for posting those additional photos!
Here is another video, apparently shot by someone else. This one covers the tail end of Larry's presentation, along with a brief question-and-answer session.
If I had been there, during the question and answer part, I would've asked about both Speed Freak and Tailgunner. In the two videos, Larry never said a word about either one of those games.. I would've also asked him about the method he and Dan Sunday used for 3D "transformations" of the space ships in Tailgunner.
If I had been there, during the question and answer part, I would've asked about both Speed Freak and Tailgunner. In the two videos, Larry never said a word about either one of those games..
Although I've yet to watch the video (things suddenly got busy around here), from what I understand, after doing Space Wars and selling off the Vectorbeam rights and all to Cinematronics later (if I remember correctly), Larry disappeared from the gaming scene entirely. So I'd wager he isn't into them that much, but who knows.
I tried to watch this video. Gave up after 22 minutes. The sound is just too muddy for me. :/
That wasn't as bad as I figured it'd be, as I (sadly) only just now watched the first 20 or so minutes of it. Well, I forgot about it for a while and all...
Quite funny how Larry was just reading passages off the supposed "history of Cinematronics" internet stuff and responding to it. If the numbers of his supposed 50% royalty from Space Wars and the number of units produced wasn't true, it makes you wonder how they could be so off. Likewise, Miva Filoseta had a good laugh over the so-called "big rift" that supposedly happened between him and the Vectrex game programmers in regards to his overlays obscuring stuff on the screen. Apparently that was news to him when I brought it up for his wiki page.
Sounds like Scramble wasn't that interesting after all, as I've played a few of those Pong/pinball-type games before. Interesting they went to Africa. I assume they're just long gone now