Retro Game Coders is a community where we can learn and discuss retro collecting, refurbishing, retro game programming, and associated topics.
This site is about enjoying 8-bit and 16-bit home computers, consoles, games, hardware, emulation, and accessories. Plus we cover coding and creating new indie games for these retro games systems, and retro-style games for new computers using original and new programming tools.
To see which computers and consoles are covered, or learn more about them, check out the Retro Computers and Consoles Timeline.
The community was founded by Chris Garrett of Maker Hacks.
About Chris Garrett
My first computer was a Commodore Vic 20. My brother and I got it as a Christmas present from my parents in 1983. That gift changed the entire direction of my life, I was instantly engrossed.
While I was jealous of my cousin’s C64, and we later upgraded to a Spectrum +2, the Vic 20 is still one of my favorite computers of all time. Your first is always special I guess.
Since practically wearing out the Vic 20 user guide that came with the computer, I have been a programmer. My full time day job is as a marketing director for a web hosting company, but I still do code, and regularly write about programming and teach new programmers.
For ages I have enjoyed emulation, especially with RetroPie etc, but I always had a bucket list of systems I wanted to have my own games running on.
You can contact or follow Chris using the following social networking sites:
Pandemic-Induced Mid-life Geek Crisis
During the pandemic lock-down I started getting more seriously back into collecting and programming retro computers, and I started talking about it more, finding more people who wanted to learn about it too.
Finally I decided to spin this site off from Maker Hacks so it could be its own thing … and here we are!