20th Edition – Forever 8-bit Party – Graphics Competition

Every year, on the third weekend of March, a multiplatform 8-bit computers party is being held in a village near TrenĨin, Slovakia. Fans of Atari, Commodore and ZX Spectrum computers arrive in large numbers, but more rare platforms, like BBC Micro, Sharp or Amstrad are usually represented as well.

The event is mainly a social one, being an occasion to meet, drink together, exchange gossip, technical knowledge or latest demos, utilities or graphics files (yes, it is still being done, even in the internet era, we just do not usually use floppy disks for that purpose anymore). On he official agenda there is usually a number of 8-bit related presentations, but the highlight of the Saturday are the competitions – commonly refered to as “compos” – where amateur productions for each platform compete in several categories – usually music, graphics, intro (a short demonstration code, usually size limited to 1 kilobyte or 16 kilobytes) and demo (a longer demonstration program, usually containing multiple graphics, effects and specially composed music).

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BBS History – ANSI Art

Back in the day, when the Internet was being used predominately by the military or a handful of academic institutions, common people with computers and modems were communicating and exchanging files via Bulletin Board Systems. Most of those systems were simple home computers, with modem and a landline or two, multiple floppy drives for file storage, running software that allowed remote access over the phone with a simple text terminal.

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