August 20, 2013 · Comments Off on Sponsoring 8 Bit Weapon, ComputeHer & IFComp

Juiced.GS relies on an active Apple II community for us to have products and events to report. We are thrilled to return the favor by supporting those groups who continuously further the retrocomputing community.

8 Bit WeaponChiptune artists 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer have become renowned as the premier musicians to use Apple II computers as instruments in their musical performances. They are soon to take their show on the road to Europe, and Juiced.GS is a proud sponsor of their tour. Catch them in Manchester, UK, September 12–15, 2013.

Want more? You can read our interview with Seth Sternberger (alias 8 Bit Weapon) in Juiced.GS Volume 12, Issue 4; our review of his album Electric High EP in Volume 14, Issue 3; and a review of DMS Drummer, an Apple II music synthesizer produced in collaboration with Michael J. Mahon, in Volume 17, Issue 1. Watch future issues of Juiced.GS for news and behind-the-scenes looks at their upcoming Apple II role-playing game, Lawless Legends!

Interactive Fiction Competition 2013As last year, Juiced.GS is also proud to support the annual Interactive Fiction Competition, or IFComp. Text adventures have been around only slightly longer than the Eamon adventure system for the Apple II, with our favorite retrocomputing platform doing much to further the genre. IFComp continues that tradition by encouraging today's programmers and storytellers to use interactive fiction to tell new tales.

Deadline for contestant registration is September 1, with winners having a choice of prizes that includes both a subscription to Juiced.GS as well as our Interactive Fiction Concentrate PDF that compiles all Juiced.GS's text adventure coverage across the years.

Our thanks to all that these groups do to keep the Apple II alive. If you or a group you're associated with would also like to work with Juiced.GS, please contact us!

August 27, 2012 · Comments Off on Supporting Retrochallenge & IFComp

"Support those who support the Apple II" is a philosophy that Juiced.GS holds dear. To that end, we collaborate with many members of the larger retrocomputer community to support events, research, sales, and publications — from selling Mike Willegal's hardware at KansasFest to manning a booth at VCF to speaking at user group meetings. Anything we can do to help further the cause, we're happy to consider it.

That's why Juiced.GS is proud to have recently supported two programming competitions with donations of goods to be used as prizes. The first contest concluded last month and was the annual Retrochallenge, which invites programmers the world over to spend the month of July making their favorite classic computer do something new and exciting — a sort of global, long-term HackFest. One lucky winner would get a copy of Drift, the demo disk that was included with the June 2012 issue of Juiced.GS. Unlike those disks, which were themselves limited, the Retrochallenge disk's sleeve featured a unique design — one of only four made available to Juiced.GS for use as prizes and donations. The Retrochallenge contestant to go home with this prize was Andrew Hazelden for his creation of IRIXBASIC for the Silicon Graphics O2 system. Andrew has since detailed his bounty on his blog. Congratulations, Andrew!

Interactive Fiction Competition logoFor those who missed Retrochallenge, you have a second chance to win fabulous prizes with the upcoming 18th annual Interactive Fiction Competition. IFComp furthers the text adventure genre with bold, original games for a variety of platforms. Apple II user Wade Clarke has placed in IFComp for the last several years, including with Leadlight, which was Juiced.GS's March 2011 cover story.

Juiced.GS is supporting IFComp with two prizes: yet another rare copy of Drift; and a 2013 subscription to our print magazine. Contest registrations are accepted through September 1, and submissions through September 29. Juiced.GS looks forward to congratulating IFComp's winners!

If you host or know of another event that could use Juiced.GS's support, please contact us; our charitable giving process is less painful than most!