Raspberry Pi at Sci Fi London Horizons: video

Eben and I were at the Sci Fi London Horizons event at the British Film Institute on Sunday, talking about the Raspberry Pi to a room full of Spectrum fans who were there to celebrate the Speccy’s 30th birthday.

Official Friend of Pi, Andrew Edney, who took the video of Eben’s talk at the BBC Micro’s 30th anniversary, was also at Sci Fi London Horizons, and very kindly recorded this one too. (Fewer people walked in front of his camera this time.) Bill Marshall from RS joined Eben after his talk for a Q&A. And there’s a bonus in the last three minutes, when I leap into frame and start talking at about a hundred miles an hour. Apologies; cameras and microphones scare me half to death. The result is that I can’t understand my first two sentences, and you won’t either. The rest should make approximate sense, though.

Andrew’s put a blog post up about the day too – head over and have a read!



Andy avatar

Good job I put Manic Miner on the Pi running the Fuse emulator!

liz avatar

Not half! It was *very* popular.

Davespice avatar

Nice work! =)

Norman Dunbar avatar

A user magazine? Already? Where do I get it from please?

Norm. (a Ql User still!)

Norman Dunbar avatar

Thanks Liz.


stevepdp avatar

Great talk, thanks for sharing.

With regards to shipping “Abandonware” class games with the Raspberry Pi images, there’s two very good point and click adventure games in the Debian repo called Flight of the Amazon Queen and Beneath a Steel Sky. Both of which I understand were popular in their day.

I tested them on my Pi yesterday and they run fantastically well, even side by side.

So would their being available in the Debian repo mean that you can legally ship them as per the terms of their licenses?

Fernando avatar

Please note that Beneath a Steel Sky, Flight of the Amazon Queen and Lure of the Temptress are not “Abandonware”. Revolution Software released their data files as freeware, so they could be legally played in ScummVM, but their copyrights are still owned by Revolution.

Andrew Edney avatar

Thank Liz :-)

Jamie avatar

Liz is super hot. I’m interested to see if the pi becomes a cheap gaming platform. Like lots of cheap games on phones, been made for the pi too.

eben avatar

Yes, yes, she is.

liz avatar

Just for that, I shall make you a sandwich.

eben avatar

Didn’t even need to use sudo that time.

Jamie avatar

I assume I get one too, btw i didn’t mean cheap in a negative sense I mean more in an affordable sense. The spectrum games were apparently very affordable. It be cool if they was lots of games like that today which could be played hd on your tv.

Crundy avatar

You have a root shell for your wife? I demand you share this technology immediately!

Lee Privett avatar

Hey we got a mention again at 32 minutes, nice to see you too Liz

Stephen Unwin avatar

At 12:30 ish, is that an AMSTRAD CTM 644 colour monitor for a CPC6128 I see? At a Spectrum celebration!
Sorry, gone onto trainspotter mode!
On a side note, loving the the whole concept. Had CPC464 at 12 and RISC PC shortly after they came out.
Will get my nieces one to tinker with when I can. Still waiting patiently for mine first though! :)

Robert_M avatar

It’s inspiring to hear about the Pi being used to help kids with special needs.

Davri avatar

Oh this is smashing.

I love the way you are going out into the community and tapping the resources for extra content for MagPi, Liz! Very good work.

I, also, love the point about the unit being used to help kids with special needs.

You know, as I have mentioned previously, even though I am 30 years old, I feel like a kid again and I have the chance to actually LEARN how to program. I know this isn’t going to mean a huge diversion in what I do for a job but I can see myself really getting to know the ins and outs of this machine and can’t wait to pass on the knowledge to my kids as well.

Genuinely exciting times! :)

Ray_GTI-R avatar

Liz:- no need to apologise for speaking fast. Perfectly formed thoughts expressed eloquently.
Ony three ummmms … much better that I could ever do in the lilmelight and othes beware, I could well start scoring you … scary thought. :-;

Trevor Frewin avatar

Another big diff between the Pi and an arduino: the integration and the platform support for networked computing (including, especially, authentication) … Eben == right … Arduino and Pi are very different platforms with very different targets.
The spectrum (et al) existed in a before-connected world (BC if you like). Another thing that means that the Pi can support people through all the years of their career foundation (and beyond).

Joefish avatar

Thank you all so much for coming and speaking to us – it was great to meet and chat with you guys as well as seeing some working units.

As for helping out with supporting disabled children’s groups, one of the benefits I’d thought of for being able to wire switches directly to GPIO is not so much retro controllers as for home-made or improvised controllers for people with limited mobility, and the production of games suitable for playing with just one or two big-button controls. Project ideas I’ve thought of since are hacking a closet push-light as a giant button switch, or embedding a microswitch in a box inside a pad or cushion for a soft stamp or squeeze control. Commercial versions of these exist, but the custom-made interface hardware can be costly.

Andre_P avatar

This IS what it is fundamentally all about ! Congratulations on your achievements !

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