…one of those nice e-mails.

A few days ago I had a nice e-mail from Stephen Cargill. Stephen who you might ask?

Well, Stephen Cargill is the original programmer, of the great 16K platform game, Sir Lancelot for the ZX Spectrum back in 1984. It is, as far as I can tell, his first game, and it was also my first remake (and just first game in general) back in 2004.

Stephen Cargill

This is what Stephen Cargill looked like in 1985. I'm sure he looks different now...I know I do. 🙂

It was nice to hear from a programmer I admired back then. Indeed, I still play the Spectrum version of Sir Lancelot once in a while. He told me this about my remake;

I have just found your remake of it and wanted you to know that I think you have done a great job of it“.

That really made my week. 🙂

…stay tuned – I hope to have the next update up in under a week.

“Good Job!”

Last week I happened to find Tim Skelly’s email addres while I was surfing. Tim Skelly is the programmer of the original arcade version of Rip-Off.

So I emailed him and said ‘thanks‘ for making one of my all-time favourite arcade games and asked him if he’d tried, or even heard of, my remake of Rip-Off, and if he had any comments on it.

A few days later I recieved a reply, and among other things he said ‘good job‘, so that was very nice. I’ve heard from a few sons of programmers but I think this is the first time I’ve had a reply directly from the original programmer himself.

…and that the game is Rip-Off makes me very happy.  My first “officially sanctioned remake”. Yay. 😉