8-bit memories spell
Long ago, long ago, at the beginning of the 90's, when I was a holder of one of the greatest personal computer of all times (Commodore 64). Fascinated me and some of my friends, some small game. ‘Movie Business’, entitled, has made, that we spent in front of the screen many happy afternoons and evenings…
As you might have guessed it was a game about film production. Despite the fun gameplay it had several drawbacks. The first was the German language version, at a time, when in primary school taught us even Russian language German one was for us not so friendly. The second drawback was more serious, that the program to hang!!! (Here note for younger readers, decent computers do not hang – a C-64 jak już wspomniałem należał do tej kategorii 😉 ).
In view of this and the fact, that game had several limitations, and we have some new ideas, I decided to write the new version. (Yes, even then I was interested in computer programming). Here are created (I think at the end of my second and third year of high school) Movie Business for C-64.
The game was written in BASIC 2.0 (WOW!). He almost all available memory (było to 38kB dostępnych dla BASICA – aż w pewnym momencie musiałem dokonać pewnych kompresji/optymalizacji, because OUT OF MEMORY message appeared to me…). But the end result was a successful, abandoned the original and played only in my version… and is much more.
Carefree high school days are over, I got to university (the polytechnic), and with this event, I received the first PC. So I started to learn a decent, structured programming language PASCAL and during some holidays I created another version of the game, this time for PCs… Of course, this was no ordinary port, as more powerful hardware (640 kB memory ;)) allowed to spread its wings.
Millenium's era Windowsa
Year 2000/2001 starts with fascination with new (for me) tool Visual C++. At that time, I was also a student of Artificial Intelligence course. Doctor, conducting classes, allowed to choose any topic as we wanted for the project, take this opportunity, for the purposes of entertainment and educational decided to write a Film Business… Windows version… (with computers as manufacturers – the use of artificial intelligence).
The end result was so interesting, że postanowiłem udostępnić go w internecie… Soon after, a man named Joel (Michael Zacharzewski) put a mention of the game on the site gry.wp.pl… and it was just beggining… game gained more and more popularity. Project, which from functionality point of view I have considered as finished, got new ideas.
The growth of its popularity contributed also to place it on several CD attached to the greatest contemporary Polish periodicals devoted to computer games (Computer World – Games, World Computer Games, Click!). Kolejni gracze przysyłali swoje uwagi i pomysły. What could I do… a decision was made about the creation of the Movie Business 2.
Movie Business (Biznes Filmowy) 2: The Road to Hollywood
Road to Hollywood, however, was long and bumpy. The new version of the game is again an excuse to change to a more modern technology (This time it fell on .NET and the C # language). After a promising start, however, it takes a longer pause in the project (due to a number of important, in the author's life, events: thesis writing, start work – and hence tight deadlines when the first projects -, at the end of the trip… on, as it turned out, annual delegation abroad).
Many have doubted, that MB2 at all appears… a jednak… Beginning of the year 2005 and the first Alpha version of MB2 was presetned to wider group of players… and met with a warm reception.
This year will not be very well remembered by fans. In February is released version 0.5.0 MB2. I… Work was suspended. Again, some important life decisions, that take a lot of free time makes, that work over the game was not continued… regret expressed in the comments of loyal fans do not help much, until…
… end of year 2009, when it shows up, I'll have a little more time and I decided to dust off neglected project. By the way, a number of new ideas and solutions appeard which are used in modern games (I bought my first console – PlayStation 3 – hence new inspiration). Version 0.6.0 is a breakthrough in the history of the Movie Business as it introduces a lot of new, innovative ideas to the series, a greatly expanded set of creators and reviews…
From then on the next update is already fairly systematic. That does not mean, I still do not happen unpleasant surprises.
Along with version 0.6.5 first appears the online service with statistics of players – BFStats. Idea, though somewhat skeptically received by the fans, finaly gaining acceptance. Unfortunately, a few months after starting, hosting is dead along with the entire contents of the database. At the same time, free server terramail is closed, where Movie Business where hosted almost since its inception,.
The 2011 the year the game is moved to a new, commercial hosting. Service with the statistics is reactivated, this time with new features called MovieStats. At the beginning of the 2012 the year I decide to migrate official website of the project, created so far in the HTML for a more professional and easier to maintain Wordpress.
Biznes Filmowy so called Movie Business
In November 2013 year a new milestone for the game appeared, version 0.8.0 and support for multiple languages. In the first place, apart from Polish language, appeared in the English version of the game. Of course, both official website and service MovieStats also shall be made available for speaking that language.
Finally, a year later, there is version marked with number 0.8.5 with one major functionality which many players have been waiting for a very long time – a save of the state of the game.
I'm glad , that over the twenty years there are still many old fans with me, who from time to time, refresh themself the game.
If you do not know the movie business yet, give it a chance, it does not charm you probably with graphics but if you are a fan of films and cinema there is a chance, that you spend some time with it.
Feel free to download the latest version of the game…