Last Update 5 February 2001
All text and images copyright © Gil Williamson 1997-2001
This page is for Gil's enthusiasms, rather than Amazon's
business, though there's an outline below of Amazon Systems' work in the games
Computer games for people who like to read books, love using their imagination, and
enjoy puzzles. Click here to visit a page where you
can learn more about this fascinating genre, and where you can download a
text adventure, and buy a book on how to write your own!
Play Mornington Crescent on your computer. Java on the Crescent!
Gil Williamson organises and participates in "Turn up & drive"
Kart team racing. Here's a set of pages on karting, including
driving hints, track notes and team news.
A Middle Earth Travel Book. This 19th Century publication is now partially available
in HTML format. It includes remarkable early photographs and fascinating insights
into the world of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Some favourite photographs, in no particular order.
Brief History of Amazon's Games & Toys
In the mid 1980s, Amazon Systems developed many cartridge games
for Sinclair Spectrum, Philips G7000 and C64, typically in 8K and 16K
ROMs! A technical challenge in most cases!
We also developed cassette equivalents of the Spectrum and C64 games
and wrote new games for BBC, Acorn Electron, Atari 800, C64 and VIC.
Among the games we originated were:
- The Paul Daniels Magic Adventure;
Among the games we converted from Arcade machines were:
- Star Wars;
- Death Star Battle;
- Panama Joe (Montezuma's Revenge).
We also reverse-engineered the Philips G7000 system, and built a development
route, and we designed a cartridge interface for the Spectrum, as well as
several cartridge PCBs.
It was also at about this time that we developed the talking rabbit which
was exhibited at Toy Fairs to much acclaim. It used an embedded program
and could speak several hundred phrases using a voice chip.
From early 1981 to 1985, we also did a lot of NTSC to PAL conversion
of games for other games companies.
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