Retrocomputing

CHIP-8 Documentation and Resources

mattmikolay/chip-8
My GitHub account hosts a collection of CHIP-8 programs and documentation I’ve written over the years.

CHIP-8 Technical Reference
This document aims to serve as a technical reference for a version of CHIP-8 that remains closely compatible with Joseph Weisbecker’s original implementation on the COSMAC VIP.

Mastering CHIP-8
I wrote this tutorial for the CHIP-8 language several years ago. It’s somewhat outdated, but will remain here for reference purposes.

CHIP-8 Extensions Reference
This document briefly describes the various extensions and derivative programming languages related to CHIP-8.

PCM’s Programs Series

Programs for the COSMAC ELF was a series of booklets written and sold by Paul C. Moews in the ’70s and ’80s. Big thanks to Paul for the booklet scans!

IMPORTANT: These scans are for noncommercial use only!

VIPER Issues

VIPER was a hobbyist newsletter published between 1978 and 1984 focusing on RCA’s COSMAC VIP computer. Founded by Aresco, its early editors were Terry Laudereau, Rick Simpson, and Tom Swan. In 1981, the newsletter’s publication was continued by the VIP Hobby Computer Association (VIPHCA) under editor Ray Sills. VIPHCA ceased publishing VIPER in September of 1984.

Volume 1
Issue Date
Index
Issue 1 June 1978
Issue 2 August 1978
Issue 3 September 1978
Issue 4 October 1978
Issue 5 November 1978
Issue 6 January 1979
Issue 7 February 1979
Issue 8 March 1979
Issue 9 April 1979
Issue 10 May 1979
Volume 2
Issue Date
Issue 1 July 1979
Issue 2 August 1979
Issue 3 September 1979
Issue 4 October 1979
Issue 5 November 1979
Issue 6 January 1980
Issue 7 February 1980
Issue 8/9 March/April 1980
Issue 10 June 1980
Volume 3
Issue Date
Issue 1 April/May 1981
Issue 2 June/July 1981
Issue 3 August/September 1981
Issue 4 October/November 1981
Issue 5 December 1981/January 1982
Issue 6 February/March 1982
Volume 4
Issue Date
Issue 1 April/May 1982
Issue 2 June/July 1982
Issue 3 August/September 1982
Issue 4 October/November 1982
Issue 5 December 1982/January 1983
Issue 6 February/March 1983
Volume 5
Issue Date
Issue 1 April/May/June 1983
Issue 2 July/August 1983
Issue 3 September/October 1983
Issue 4 November/December 1983
Issue 5 January/February 1984
Issue 6 March/April 1984
Volume 6
Issue Date
Issue 1 September 1984

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