MATRIXSYNTH: Paper Video Games of my childhood

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Paper Video Games of my childhood


video by Alexander Zolotov

Music made with Sunvox. Details below.

"In 1994 i didn't have a game console. But some classmates already owned popular NES clones, and i was very impressed with the aesthetics of 8-bit games of the time. All those pixels, colorful sprites, chip music!
I didn't really want to play them, but i definitely wanted to be somehow involved, maybe create my own games.
So i started cutting out small pieces of cardboard and painting game levels on them. It was like a paper ROM cartridge. The game console is also a cardboard box with a transparent window and a dot or triangle (the main character) in the center.
Some of these games were even playable :)
Most, of course, were more concepts than finished games.
The process of creating such games from scratch - that was the most important and interesting in this case!
A competing company was represented by my friend Kirill :) Together we created a huge amount of cartridges, then exchanged it, discussed it, came up with something new. For a couple of years, we have improved the technology and started creating games in the form of an interactive film on a sheet of paper.
In 1995 i got a PC (486SX) at home. But even after that, up to a certain point, we spent more time with paper games than with real computers :)

Music: NightRadio - Endless Fantasy Worlds
https://nightradio.bandcamp.com/album...​

Soft: Blender video editor + SunVox
https://warmplace.ru/soft/sunvox​"

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