and Star Castle are
just three of the most remembered and collected,
vector graphics based, games of the 80's.
Remember the arcades of the 80's? Those
blocky graphics that kind of looked like
a cartoon of a guy climbing ladders and jumping
over flat barrels thrown by a flat two dimensional
monkey? Or how about a game were a slice
of yellow pizza runs around a maze eating
squarish dots, and flat floating ghost?
In the midst of those games were the vectors,
like Asteroids Deluxe,
drawn with lines, and dots, but with resolutions
that allowed those boulders to move smoothly
across the screen, and for a tank in a
game like Armor Attack to
look somewhat like a tank. It allowed for
3D zooming in Tempest and Tailgunner,
and allowed full 3D playing fields in Battlezone, Red
Baron and Star
They stood out against the raster games
as the most "Hi-Tech" video games
of the era.
There were more than 30 vector based games
made in the 80's. To acquire a collection
that includes all these games would be a
monumental feat. Just to find that many vector
monitors alone would be no easy task, not
to mention the cost! Vector based arcade
monitors haven't been made in 20+ years,
and you can't simply use one vector monitor
for all these games. Each monitor has different
specs and runs at different speeds, making
them incompatible between different gaming
hardware. The hardware was unique for most
of these games, making Multigame
conversion kits difficult to design. And
good luck finding an Aztarac, Sundance, 4-Player
Eliminator, or one of
our namesake, a Zektor cabinet!
Some games are rare enough that even
lots of money can't get you one!
After collecting vector games for years,
the realization that you can never have them
all sank in, and we looked for an alternative.
Why not build a Vector Generator that would
somehow attach to a standard PC and run all
the games supported by an emulator,
such as MAME, on a single vector
monitor? It would be kind of a 30+ Vector
The ZVG (Zektor's Vector Generator) is
just that, a PC controlled Vector Generator.
The ZVG attaches to an ECP compliant printer
port on a standard PC, and then to a vector
monitor. Allowing DOS MAME, to run all the
games supported by these emulators on a real
vector monitor. With all the intensity
and cool effects that only a vector monitor
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