One thing that people have always loved doing with computers is attaching toy guns to them and pretending to shoot things on the screen.
Just about every computer had a gun attachment, and the ZX Spectrum was no exception. In fact, it had two! The most popular by far was
the Sinclair-branded Magnum Light Phaser, bundled with just about every Spectrum sold after 1988. Incredibly though, despite its popularity
it never had much software made for it.
Mad Dog McCree is a terrible, terrible arcade game built around live action video of actors pretending to be cowboys. You shoot them with a
pretend gun and the action switches to a different bit of video where the actors fall over. While it's not very good, I thought it'd be
perfect to expand the range of games for the Light Phaser-equipped Spectrum, using my existing full motion video player routine.
Unfortunately I soon discovered why nobody else had tried making their own Light Phaser games - there was no documentation. At all.
Not that I'd let a little thing like that stop me, of course.
The video above is the opening segment of Mad Dog McCree running on an emulated ZX Spectrum/Light Phaser combination. You
shoot the white square where the actors were standing and they fall over, just as in the original.