Crazy-8 1.0.7 review

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Crazy-8 is one of many Macintosh CHIP8 emulators.

License: Freeware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 303K
Developer: Derek Smith
Price: $0.00
Updated: 18 May 2006
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Crazy-8 is one of many Macintosh CHIP8 emulators. Crazy-8 has the distinction of being the first and pretty much only emulator to support the extended CHIP8 spec, SCHIP48. Which begs the question, what the hell is CHIP8?

CHIP8, as it turns out, was a language/virtual machine for computers so old that they outpace me by about 20 years. Freaking ancient. The interesting thing about it was that the programmer would write in the CHIP8 language and then could deploy the compiled program to more than one platform. The machine's that I know of that had a CHIP8 interpreter were the TELMAC-1800 (1978) and COSMAC VIP (The COSMAC itself was a rather interesting little thing, dating back to 1977 - VIP stood for Video Interface Processor)

Crazy-8 will read any CHIP8 or SCHIP48 file and play it for you on your Mac. It supports full sound. It supports freeze and defrost. OpenGL mode is disabled currently due to some difficulty supporting it in the language I wrote the emulator in.

Crazy-8 will bring you back to the good old days with the supplied games and you can even peek at the source code. In the end its a novelty of the computing world, but amusing none the less.

You can't say I didn't teach you something today. No go back to your myopic American lifestyle!

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