Building a joystick interface for the RC2014 Z80 computer. Maybe I’ll learn some more Z80 while also trying to write a simple game. How old joysticks work Back in the old days, joysticks (not “game controllers”) looked like this, with a stick and one action button.
I was originally going to design and create my own Z80 based computer from scratch, prototyping it on a breadboard like Ben Eater shows for his 6502 based computer.
Today’s lesson in curing headaches by banging your head on the wall until they stop involves joysticks and mice. This is a bit technical, so ensure your seat back and tray table are in the upright and locked position.
Learning to program is an endurance game full of random side quests, dead ends and frustration. Rather than learning “how to do X”, which is specific, it’s much more useful learning “how to figure out how to do anything at all”.
What better way to wait out the apocalypse than trying to learn a new system. Read how I dug out my ZX Spectrum Next and set about writing C code on it…
How to write GameBoy Advance (GBA) homebrew using modern tools and systems in 2020. Compilers, editors, debugging and more! This isn’t the definitive way of doing things, but it’s a way that seems to work for me.