Is the Color Maximite 2 Dead?


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stanleyella

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Posted: 06:11pm 19 Sep 2022      

  thwill said  Hi Bill,

I think that most (and it was only ever a handful) of the retro-computing fans who the CMM2 brought into the shed (probably via the 8-Bit Guy's video) have now wandered out again - retro computing, especially with non-real retro gear (or emulation/reproduction thereof) is a fickle hobby. That leaves mostly the electronics grognards and some new PicoMite adoptees and they don't play a lot of "games" by all accounts. We also seem to have (mostly) lost our stand-out games developer (Mauro) and our archivist (Jiri).

That said 4 out of 5 of the entries to the "MMBasic Programming Challenge 2022" were for the Colour Maximite 2, and most CMM2 stuff should also work on MMBasic for Windows; if more people were kicking then perhaps Peter could be persuaded to try and iron out the last few MMBasic for Windows vs. CMM2 inconsistencies.

> Mainly, I hate to think that all the apps I have written are for a dead system.

I believe 80% of what you've written should be relatively easily convertible to the PicoMite VGA, but honestly that is just transferring from one niche system to another. If you aren't doing it for yourself, then alas it probably isn't worth doing.

I wish I had a more positive outlook on this.

Best wishes,

Tom


Hi Tom. I am one of those "8bit guys" that only have used a picomite, no other "Mite" thingy.
For a new user it is very interesting both the rpi and mmbasic.
I only use the non vga mmbasic but like writing games on 320 x 240 lcd.... well trying. I am getting there but graphics and touch instead of buttons is new.
Using touch for games is new to me but seems better than more wires and buttons and pull up resistors. MMBasic ili9341 touch is well implemented and the blit command is fast.
I do not think nintendo games possible but missile command using touch screen could.... just got to slow down the draw line command. (I have draw line code).
Anyone interested in making mmbasic lcd games let me know.