I invite you to reply to this thread, saying if you will be there, what you expect, what you will bring and present, and later what was your impression of the overall convention and what you think should be the future conventions.
The following is my letter to you saying my personal view on the ColecoVision homebrew scene, from my childhood to present time, and invite you to the Coleco convention this summer, which is our convention, in this a celebrating milestone time.
Hello, my name is Daniel Bienvenu, and I'm proud to be part of the ColecoVision homebrew scene.
Since my youth, I had a dream to program my own games for the ColecoVision game system. I've worked hard with various computers, learned various programming languages, talked with other programmers, acquired new knowledge with documentations, trials and errors, to finally realize my childhood dream multiple times from 1999 to now.
Even before I've made my first own CV games, I've started to make my own tools (my first hex and graphic editors based on ColecoVision specs can be traced back to 1996) and to use the Internet to share them. Each time I've made progress in understanding Coleco programming, I've improved my tools and even provided help into source codes, debugging and online chat. I wanted others to also experience the amazing feeling of making new ColecoVision games and so I've provided not only new games, but also even more source codes, various tools (editors, libraries, etc.), documentations, support and help (debugging, compression, optimizing, coding sounds and musics, etc.) during more than 10 years.
Regardless of all the expertise, all the time consuming effort and accomplishment, help and inspiration toward other programmers to make and release new games, it seems that we just talk about the games, as if it's what ColecoVision homebrew scene is all about. I hope we can see the merit in the ColecoVision homebrew scene, not just for the games coded and released, but also for the overall work as a common effort to support it, to keep going.
This year, I don't think I'll be able to program and release a game and I'm kinda sad about it. However, I'm so proud to organize and host the only specific Coleco convention in existence, this July 2012, in my hometown Quebec city, to celebrate the 30 years of the ColecoVision game system and you are invited to be part of it, to participate, to present your vision, from the nostalgic past to the innovative future, to see presentations of history and new great products. Hope to see you there in person.
Happy 30 years anniversary!
Daniel Bienvenu aka NewColeco
For more information about the Coleco convention this July, visit this URL : http://ann.hollowdreams.com/
Also consider to use the weekly online chat, Wed 9PM EST, at this URL : http://www.adamcon.org/
Are you ready?
Edited by newcoleco, Sun Apr 8, 2012 10:00 AM.