SHARP in Japan
written by Paul Trainer / SUC/UK
Source: SUC-magazine March 1992, Volume 12 Number 1, p. 57
|Sharp Users Club - MZ-700 Section - Japan|
In the March issue I mentioned the Knights donation and that there were some Japanese ASCII magazines, but I didnt mention ( because I didnt notice them ) four OH! MZ issues. Oh! MZ was, or still is a 200 page, glossy magazine dedicated to Sharp MZ computers. As in this country, only popular, mainstream computers get this sort of treatment from publishers, this certainly supports Martins statement that after NEC, Sharp are second in line as far as computers are concerned.
Although OH! MZ is mainly written in Japanese, a lot of the BASIC listings and all of the assembly listings are as we normally see them. Because of this, I suspect that lots of information can be gleaned from these issues.
Armed with the proper MZ-700 version of HUDSON BASIC which is the language
most of the BASIC listings are for and I suspect a more popular BASIC
in Japan than S-BASIC, I have typed in a super logic game called BLOCK
LAND. About 6K of the program is written in HU BASIC, whilst all the
data and the screen layouts for the 98 ( yes 98 ) levels is written
in machine code. As you would expect, it took me quite a while to key
it all in and debug, but if the standard of this program is anything
to go by, I will be doing the same on other programs. Watch this space!
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