Tag Archives: 1980s

The font of the portable TRS-80 Model 100 (1983).

WarGames (1983) uses what looks like a custom font to display thermonuclear text mode graphics. It was made on a CompuPro 8/16, although an IMSAI 8080 is used in the movie (apparently for sale for $25,000). Read more, see more.

Videotex character sets 1983, 1987, 1993. Seems like these would have required hi-res or vector fonts?

The ATASCII font, used in Atari’s 8-bit computers.

The Macrocom Method is a text mode trick for PC to use 16-colour hi-res graphics in CGA. The principle was to use only the top two pixel rows of each text character, and remove the rest. Image by VileR.

Macrocom was a company that first showed this trick in 1984 with the game ICON. Read more here. h/t: Rowan Lipkovits

PETSCII movie by Matt Williams, 1988. Watch the original 5-minute movie about a mysterious pizza shortage here.

Clip from an Atari ATASCII animation with sound from 1987. Likely first published on a BBS. It’s called Rambone and was made by Kung Fu Master. Recovered and filmed by Ryan Goolevitch. h/t Marcin Wichary.

From Commodore’s christmas demo from 1982, that combines PETSCII and pixel graphics.