Date : Thu, 20 Jan 2000 20:14:33 +0100
From : Isabel Cisternas and Robert Schmidt <rschmidt@...>
Subject: Re: Excellent site...
> Hi Robert,
> I found your website quite by accident whilst rooting through some old
> links i had in my favourites folder and a very good link it is too.
> I used to own both a BBC and Electron and remember those classics like Elite
> and Ricochet. I've tried out a couple of beeb emulators but have found them
> very slow in comparison to other systems. Obviously, the BBC was/is a very
> complex computer to emulate what with all the expansions it could handle.
It depends a bit on which emulators you have tried. BeebEm might seem
slow, for example, but it is written in C/C++ only. pcBBC is supposedly
very good and very fast, though I have only tried it briefly (I prefer a
window, and I have a fast PC).
> I heard recently from a friend that Lemmings had appeared on the BBC B.
> I have asked many times in the newsgroups whether this be true but to no
> avail. Is it and if so, is it still possible to get hold of the title?
I don't think so - I've never heard of it. In the archive, there's a
game called "Lemming Syndrome", which is just a pretty good version of
the "Bouncing Babies" concept.
I'll CC this reply to the BBC micro mailing list (you should join if you
haven't already) - I'm sure somebody there can help.
> Also, are their still any demo groups out their dealing with the BBC B or
Not that I know of. I haven't really seen any demos (in the
C64/Amiga/ST sense) for the BBC or Electron. A problem with the Acorn
micros was that they were pretty weak graphics wise. There weren't many
registers or much hardware that could be played with - it all amounted
to shuffling lots of bitmap data around.
That's why 3D games (Elite, Cholo, Sentinel) made their debuts on the
Beeb - sprite based games just weren't as cool as their C64 versions, so
something new had to be done.