My first article for Eurogamer was published yesterday, and judging by the positive comments piling up beneath it, I’m pleased to say it was well received. Phew!
If you missed it, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the DIY computer revolution in Yugoslavia: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-07-30-the-story-of-yugoslavias-diy-computer-revolution. I’d be the first to admit that it doesn’t sound like the most promising of topics, but trust me, it’s a lot more interesting than it sounds. While everyone in the UK was busy playing on their Spectrums and C64s, people in Yugoslavia were building their own computers – Galaksijas – from detailed plans provided by an amazing chap named Voja Antonić.
I managed to track him down through Serbian DJ Zoran Modli, who I’d got in touch with for another, as-yet-unpublished article. Voja was amazingly helpful, and I’m truly grateful to him for all the input he gave to the article. I’m still bowled over by the story of the Galaksija – imagine coming up with the idea for a new computer, but instead of selling it, just giving it away for free to introduce a nation to computer science. Amazing.
Anyway, I’m hoping to pitch a few more articles to Eurogamer in future, so hopefully this will be the first of many. Also, apologies for my lack of posting on A Most Agreeable Pastime recently – I went freelance a couple of months ago, and I’ve been rushed off my feet since then. Hopefully things will calm down soon and you can expect a few more posts here.
(As penned in excitement and exhaustion by Lucius Merriweather.)