[Good evening Blue Monday] If Then

My school project in 1995.

Our school was chosen to have new computers (FM TOWNS) and we got to learn super basic of BASIC... like 5 or 6 commands.

The problem was... there wasn't any teaching guidelines for these new-fangled machine nor teachers who could teach programming. I seriously wondered why our school was chosen…

For the assignment we needed to write more than 30.. or 50 lines of code to show graphics and play sounds. Looking back on it, we were making demos. Whatever the quality was.

I forgot what I made, but I thought writing more than 50 lines was very easy. Because, for example, if I wanted to draw a cat, it took at least 10 lines of command (lines + circles + rectangles + colors). And if I wanted to move this cat to the right, just +1 to coordinates in each of these lines. So 21 lines down only by a cat’s one side step. And where’s this additional “1” comes from? A command line to black out the screen. Yes, I was using the flip book technique. Because I didn’t know and still don’t know any other way. (Funny how smooth graphics move in pro people’s work.)

I remember I had really fun making it.

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