Although the resolution and layout is the same as the classic Video Chess for the Atari 400, and the timing is right (this episode was broadcast in 1979), the piece designs are slightly different. I'm guessing the board display was made custom for the show, like a lot of other computer stuff seen in media. (The name for this nowadays is the "Hollywood OS", made to look similar but not identical to the actual copyrighted GUIs of commercial operating systems. Hollywood OS comes with handy utilities which can resolve any detail in fuzzy images, as seen in most cop and spy shows.)stevenaaus wrote:Yeah... that Blake's 7 episode was probably the best of the whole series
Does anyone recognise which old program is used to display the chess game ?
BTW, the characters name is Vila, not Vilan, but there's no youtube link to the final scene when Vila (with Orac's help) draws the game.
Apparently in another episode of Blake's 7, a character is seen moaning that his handheld chess computer is too weak, having just checkmated it for the sixth time!