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Zarch (also known under its ported name of Virus) is a computer game developed by David Braben (better known as the co-author of Elite) in, for the release of the Acorn Archimedes computer. [1]

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ACE (games magazine)

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) was a multi-format computer and video game magazine first published in the United Kingdom by Future Publishing and later acquired by EMAP.

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Acorn Archimedes

The Acorn Archimedes is a family of personal computers designed by Acorn Computers Ltd in Cambridge, England and sold in the late-1980s to mid-1990s, their first general purpose home computer based on their own ARM architecture (then the CPU and architecture was known as Acorn RISC Machine, or ARM, that later became the most popular CPU architecture in the world, e.g. used in most smartphones).

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Acornsoft was the software arm of Acorn Computers, and a major publisher of software for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron.

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The Amiga is a family of personal computers sold by Commodore in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Amiga Power

Amiga Power (or AP for short) was a monthly magazine about Amiga video games.

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Argonaut Games

Argonaut Games plc was a British video game developer.

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ARM architecture

ARM, originally Acorn RISC Machine, is a family of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) instruction set architectures for computer processors, configured for various environments, developed by British company ARM Holdings.

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Atari ST

The Atari ST is a line of home computers from Atari Corporation and the successor to the Atari 8-bit family.

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BBC Micro

The BBC Microcomputer System, or BBC Micro, was a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by the Acorn Computer company for the BBC Computer Literacy Project, operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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Blitz BASIC refers to the programming language dialect that was interpreted by the first Blitz compilers, devised by New Zealand-based developer Mark Sibly.

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A bomber is a combat aircraft designed to attack ground and sea targets by dropping air-to-ground weaponry, firing torpedoes or deploying air-launched cruise missiles.

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Ceiling (aeronautics)

With respect to aircraft performance, a ceiling is the maximum density altitude an aircraft can reach under a set of conditions, as determined by its flight envelope.

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Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer is a Scottish video game developer who is best known for designing and programming Transport Tycoon and the RollerCoaster Tycoon series.

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Conqueror (video game)

Conqueror is a video game released as the follow-up to Zarch (also known as Virus), using the same landscape engine.

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David Braben

David John Braben, (born 2 January 1964), is a British game developer, game designer and CEO of Frontier Developments plc, co-developer of Elite, a space trading computer game, published in 1984.

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Defender (1981 video game)

Defender is an arcade video game developed and released by Williams Electronics in February 1981. A shooting game featuring two-dimensional (2D) graphics, the game is set on a fictional planet where the player must defeat waves of invading aliens while protecting astronauts. Development was led by Eugene Jarvis, a pinball programmer at Williams; Defender was Jarvis' first video game project and drew inspiration from Space Invaders and Asteroids. Williams planned to display the game at the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA) trade show, though development delays resulted in the team working on the game up until the show started. Defender was one of the most important titles of the Golden Age of Video Arcade Games, selling over 55,000 units to become the company's best selling game and one of the highest-grossing arcade games ever. Praise among critics focused on the game's audio-visuals and gameplay. It is frequently listed as one of Jarvis' best contributions to the video game industry, as well as one of the most difficult video games. Defender was ported to numerous platforms, inspired the development of other games, and was followed by sequels and many imitations.

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Elite (video game)

Elite is a seminal space trading video game, written and developed by David Braben and Ian Bell and originally published by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers in September 1984.

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Euler angles

The Euler angles are three angles introduced by Leonhard Euler to describe the orientation of a rigid body.

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Fire-and-forget is a type of missile guidance which does not require further guidance after launch such as illumination of the target or wire guidance, and can hit its target without the launcher being in line-of-sight of the target.

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A fish is any member of a paraphyletic group of organisms that consist of all gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals that lack limbs with digits.

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Flight dynamics

Flight dynamics is the study of the performance, stability, and control of vehicles flying through the air or in outer space.

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Frontier Developments

Frontier Developments is a British video game developer based in Cambridge, England.

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Future plc

Future plc is a media company.

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GameFAQs is a website that hosts FAQs and walkthroughs for video games.

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Guided bomb

A guided bomb (also known as a smart bomb, guided bomb unit, or GBU) is a precision-guided munition designed to achieve a smaller Circular error probable.

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IBM PC compatible

IBM PC compatible computers are those similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT and able to run the same software as those.

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IBM Personal Computer

The IBM Personal Computer, commonly known as the IBM PC, is the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform.

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Jez San

Jeremy 'Jez' San OBE (born 29 March 1966) is an English game programmer and entrepreneur who founded Argonaut Software as a teenager in the 1980s.

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Lander (video game)

Lander is an action shooter game developed in-house at the Manchester office of Psygnosis.

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Linux (pronounced or, less frequently) is a Unix-like and mostly POSIX-compliant computer operating system (OS) assembled under the model of free and open-source software development and distribution.

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Lunar Lander (1979 video game)

Lunar Lander is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1979, which uses a vector monitor to display vector graphics.

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Lunar Lander (video game series)

Lunar Lander is the name of several video games.

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is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980.

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Particle system

A particle system is a technique in game physics, motion graphics, and computer graphics that uses a large number of very small sprites, 3D models, or other graphic objects to simulate certain kinds of "fuzzy" phenomena, which are otherwise very hard to reproduce with conventional rendering techniques - usually highly chaotic systems, natural phenomena, or processes caused by chemical reactions.

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Personal computer

A personal computer is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities and original sale price make it useful for individuals, and is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer operator.

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is a series of video game consoles created and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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In elementary geometry, a polygon is a plane figure that is bounded by a finite chain of straight line segments closing in a loop to form a closed chain or circuit.

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In software engineering, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created for a computing environment that is different from the one for which it was originally designed (e.g. different CPU, operating system, or third party library).

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Pseudorandom number generator

A pseudorandom number generator (PRNG), also known as a deterministic random bit generator (DRBG), is an algorithm for generating a sequence of numbers whose properties approximate the properties of sequences of random numbers.

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Radar is an object-detection system that uses radio waves to determine the range, angle, or velocity of objects.

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Single-player video game

A single-player video game is a video game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session.

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Superior Software

Superior Software Ltd (a.k.a. Superior Interactive) is a video game publisher.

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The Micro User

The Micro User (titled BBC Micro User in the first three issues) was a British specialist magazine catering to users of the BBC Microcomputer series, Acorn Electron, Acorn Archimedes and, to a limited extent, the Cambridge Z88.

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Third-person shooter

Third-person shooter is a genre of 3D action games in which the player character is visible on-screen, and the gameplay consists primarily of shooting.

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Thrust (video game)

Thrust is a 1986 computer game originally for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron.

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A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms.

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YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States.

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Zeewolf is a single-player 3D shoot 'em up computer game released for the Amiga platform in November 1994 by Binary Asylum.

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ZX Spectrum

The ZX Spectrum (pronounced "Zed-Ex") is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarch

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