I've admittedly avoided covering some important ZZT worlds due to not really being sure what to do with them. The ZZTV series is one of them, and it definitely needs an explanation to an outsider.
ZZTV was a community compiled series of worlds that began with a TV theme but slowly evolved into a wonderful experimental playground for ZZTers to engage in free-form creation. The original concept it is explained in ZZTV 0 as a "non-company" magazine, where ZZTers would submit a "channel", consisting of animations themed after types of TV shows, and be able to advertise their creations during the "commercials".
It was kind of a weirdly specific idea, but somehow it took off, and ZZTV has received 11 volumes from 1999 all the way through the last edition in 2016! Over those 11 volumes a total of ninety-seven channels were created. They consist of artwork, game previews, reviews, mini-games, interviews, teenage rants, and are just overall an explosion of creative expression that I can't think of any parallel to. There are no rules for for content or structure, as even as early as ZZTV 2, the first to receive submissions from other ZZTers, people were already ditching the television theme that series progenitor DarkFLR had imagined.
I decided to pick ZZTV 3 over the other issues to focus on for a few reasons:
- It's short - Just 5 channels submitted by DarkFLR, Ringworm, Viovis, Gerbil, and Funkmeister.
- It's the last volume before DarkFLR handed off the project to Nadir, the second of five ZZTers to take up the work compiling a volume.
- It still has some remnants of the "TV" inspiration, making it a bit of a transitional release that shows off the old and the new.
--> Darhf 's foreword :
Hello folks, this is the issue #3 of
ZZTV ( I hope you noticed it... ). So,
what would I have to say about this issue?
* I'd like to thank all the people who
sent me their channels, I named :
* I'd like to thank all the people who
showed interest in zztv and said it
was a good idea, and specially Zenith for
being the first to trust in zztv, and
Viovis for his eternal devotion.
* Excuse me for this issue's late release,
but I was myself busy, and I was waiting
more submissions. I really apologize to
the people who submited their stuff.
* Please read the Last #Gwayz stuff in
the #gothic ways channel. This bit of text
will explain you the future of zztv.
* Enjoy now !
█ █ ey ! have you been to #darkdigital
lately ? Each week, a new "rebellion"
occurs. For me , theses rebellions are
really pointless, let me explain you why:
1) Too much rebellions kill rebellions.
#darkdigital was the point of countless
rebellions. I think that everything have
been said, and every solution has been
explored. Countless "alternate" channels
have been created (#sledgehammer, #zztalk,
#mana, #zzt...), and none of them had the
popularity of #dd. The main fact is that
people are bored of this kind of stuff and
don't go in theses channels.
Their only solution to keep contact to
the entire scene is to come back to #dd,
because every time they went in another
zzt channel, only a few people was here.
Zzters understood that every rebellion
ends after a day or two, and don't even
bother to try to join another channel.
2) Again, Again, Again, ....
The rebellions' reasons are ALWAYS the
same : "Wow Chuck is bastard he banned
The rebellion ends up when XXXXXX is
unbanned, and this generally is a matter
3) General IRC rules.
IRC have some rules that people must
- The Channel owner edicts the channel's
rules : If you don't respect the rules,
expect to be banned.
- The Channel owner always has the last
word : If you were banned for no particu-
lar reason, remember that the channel
owner won't unban you unless he wants to.
Posting rants and insults won't change a
4) Final word
Well, I hope that zzters will understand
that Chuck thinks the way he thinks and
that #darkdigital is HIS channel. Posting
3232584 "kill chuck!" messages won't calm
down things. If you are banned, go outside
and have a social life, then come back
two days after this.
Instead of taking a ban as a severe act,
let things happen ... and when Chuck will
see that it doesn't annoy people anymore
to be banned, maybe he'll stop doing it.
Man> sorry, We only provide interviews
here ! We have a great inetrview :
I am the Daemon that haunts your
dreams, look out for me, or you will
die by my hand...
Or not... Um, I'm Daemon_Lotos, if
you hang in #Darkdigital you should
know me by now, if not there's some-
thing VERY wrong.
Um, 1. It was done as a "Proof"
project, I am trying to prove that a
good GCS can be coded in Qbasic... so
far it's working (I hope). 2. It
plays MIDI's (Poorly on some PC's,
but it plays them). 3. Um, the main
diff between ZZ3 and ZIG, is I am
trying to keep the "look" and "feel"
as close to ZZT as possable...
hopefully it'll work. And the main
diff between ZZ3 and ZZT++ is that
ZZT++ is just meant to be a better
version of ZZT, and WeP doesn't plan
to enhance it (Yet), wheras in ZZ3 I
am pourposly trying to enhance it.
Um, courtesy of what's been said to
me by a greatmany people, it already
doeslack public support, but I'm not
doing it for recognition, or public
support, I am doing it as MY way to
give something to the community that
I have lived in for years.
See answer too #2, 1.
Um, I don't tend to keep "views",
although ZIG (As many of us know),
needs bug fixing, but if JH can get
all the bugs kicked out, ZIG should
be a masterpiece.
And future GCS's, I say only this
"Steer away from the dark side of the
scene, stay away from MZX..."
And all I have to say about the pro-
grammers on the scene, GCS or otherwise
(That includes you FLR), is keep at it,
try to realize your dreams, no
matter what anyone says about your
Yeah, I think you can officially
classify ZZ3 as "STABLE" myself and hm
spent best part of 1 1/2 hrs trying to
crash it, to no avail... I even ran a
14.5 meg .mov fil through it (After
I changed the extention to .zz3), and
all it did was display random junk
for the screen, and played as if
it had been a pure ZZ3 world file.
Well, you understood well, it's the last
appearance of the #Gothic Ways channel in
I am thinking about completely giving up
ZZTV, But I don't want it to die. I only
get no more fun doing it...
As I said before, I don't want the ZZTV
death, so I'll try to give its ownership
and responsabilities to a person who will
make it better than it is now.
In my opinion, ZZTV is a very good concept
but the release dates are very long, and
I personally lack some popularity. It's a
fact that most of my zzt-related releases
aren't followed by a great amount of
people , or not followed at all (ZFE).
So I think that ZZTV deserves a better
owner , a person which will make it more
popular... In fact I think it's time to
delete my name from the credits, 'coz my
contribution to its success was really
Note : Keep sending your channels at this
email, they will be forwarded to the next
... I swear that there will be a ZZTV #4
PS : I'd like to thank again all people
who helped ZZTV to be what it is now :