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The Past, Present and Future of SJ3 on December 1st 2013.

past

Almost 20 years ago, I put together a extremely simple computer game with my PC using my modest programming skills. The game had two moving lines representing a ski jumper, a box representing an in-run and two cropped circles representing a landing hill. It was great.

By the second development generation - "SJ2" - the game had spread in a beautifully organic way and the chosen shareware distribution model even brought in an surprisingly large amount of awesome people registering the game and supporting its development.

SJ3 was first released in 2000 and gladly it was also well-received and even gathered some international following. The registrations and support continued to be overwhelmingly great and appreciated.

SJ3 was based on the same technical platform as its predecessors and it was already outdated upon its release. The outdated platform started to cause some compatibility problems with rapidly improving new hardware and operating systems.

Other life started to get in the way and building another generation on a completely new platform was too big of an effort. SJ3 was still enjoyed by a nice group of people (massive thanks 2 sj3.pl!), and I never got around to dismantling the registration system partly due to laziness and also out of respect to the people who had actually paid for the game back in the day.

present

A move that was probably 10 years over due, I finally released a full featured version SJ3 as freeware. Registrations are no longer available and the free version has all the features of the former full registered version.

I'd like to give a big heart-felt thank you to all the people who registered the game and helped support its development. The success of the game was a indication how small-time developers can make popular games without large corporate budgets and even make a little money of their hard work.

The new full version of SJ3 can be found at the SJ3 Download page. The installer is also equipped with a magical piece of software called DOSBox, which helps run seriously outdated software on modern hardware and operating systems.

future

Please continue to enjoy the game!

And the new installer and the included DOSBox isn't that well-tested, so please let me know if you have problems with either or if there's something that could be done better.

If you have any questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to contact me at ville@nomasi.com.

Thank you very much for your interest in the game!

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