RetroArch - New Vectrex Core
‘Classic’ is an overused word nowadays but a genuine ‘Golden Age’ Retro Classic, Smith Engineering’s Vectrex, an unfortunate casualty of the ‘Video Game Crash’ in 1983 is now available for Emulation on the Pi using a new RetroArch Core. Released in 1982 the console was powered by a Motorola 68A09 CPU running at 1.5 MHz with an additional General Instrument AY-3-8910 sound processor, it also had a ‘Built in’ Asteroids Clone, Minestorm.
Graphics were provided by a Vector Display* which is still unique for a Home Console, the System made use of plastic ‘Overlays’ to augment its black and white output prompting Milton Bradley, who wished to get into the now lucrative Video Game market, to purchase the Company in 1983. One of the Systems USP’s (Unique Selling Points) was being as the screen was self-contained in the unit there was no need to seize control of the TV for play (in that age most family’s only had one, ask your parents! lol).
In the mid-90s all rights reverted to Smith Engineering, Jay Smith generously put the entire ROM Set (including the System Bios) into Public Domain so unlike many other Emulators they can be freely distributed (link below) and used with a completely clear conscience!
*Due to the fact most Raster Displays (standard CRT’s, Cathode Ray Tubes) were limited in display resolution, generally 256X192 pixels; many Companies used Vector based systems to achieve ‘High Res’ images. Atari called theirs ‘XY Graphics’ or ‘Random Scan’ which was used in Lunar Lander, Asteroids, Tempest and Star Wars amongst others.
The Vectrex has a huge following in the Retro community and as such Games are still being produced even today, showing what software could have developed into given a longer lifespan.
Homebrew Time Pilot clone ‘Vector Pilot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S47UoUtprII
Vanfanel’s RetroArch Tutorial - http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 78&t=56070
VecX RetroArch Core - https://github.com/libretro/libretro-vecx
ROMS Link - http://www.atarihq.com/vectrex/emu.htm