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It's Behind You - R-Type port to the ZX Spectrum

Bob Pape was a freelance bedroom coder during the 1980s in Britain, writing programs for the ZX Spectrum for established software companies.

He has released a look back book on the process of porting R-Type to the ZX Specturm on the internet. It describes the very heavy challenges of porting an arcade machine to the ZX Spectrum, the mega popular PC platform in the UK at the time, which compared to the arcade board may as well have the processing power of a cheese sandwich.
It also details his dealings with several other people and companies, many of who ripped him off at every stage of development, which unfortunately was a very common practice in software factories in that era.

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NG: The industry has changed since you began eight years ago. Any compiaints?
Warren Spector: The business has changed radically in the last year, and it's depressing. The competition for shelf space is ridiculous and puts retailers in charge. If you dunít buy an endócap from retailers, for say $50,000 a month, they won't buy many copies. Game distribution isn't always based on quality.

Products once had three to six months the average life is now 30 days. If you're not a hit in 30 days, you're gone. This is predicated on your association with a publisher who gets your title on shelves. It's a nightmare.
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