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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 23, 2007 08:49AM Reply Quote
I know I'm not the only one here to dabble in old toys and technology. What retro entertainment do other people enjoy?

Commodore
Atari
Coleco
Intellivison
Pong
Merlin
Simon
Betamax
LaserDisc
CD-i
8 Track
Windows XP
Etc.

Steve Cordova – June 10, 2008 04:23PM Reply Quote
History passes the first time as tragedy, the second time as farts. - Roy Edroso
Sheesh, except for the fact that we were all skinny geeks, that could be my HS D&D group.

El Jeffe – June 10, 2008 04:42PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Medieval Mayhem? Looks like a ripoff of the one atari castle game

Madaracs – June 11, 2008 06:30AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
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El Jeffe
Medieval Mayhem? Looks like a ripoff of the one atari castle game

Actually, it's a remake of the Atari arcade game Warlords. When they ported Warlords for the Atari 2600 in the 80s they did a relatively OK job but left out many of the features that were desirable. This is presumably due to memory limitations, cost, development tools, deadlines and many other reasons [at the time] the technology didn't afford.

Medieval Mayhem adds in the following features (all of which were available in the arcade version):

* Launch Dragon
* Multiple Fireballs
* 4 AI levels
* Options Menu
* Stereo Sound
* Titlescreen Music
* Demo mode
* Individual Player Catch Setting
* Fireball Flareups


Original 2600 Screenshot
(edit: corrected link)

Updated version




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stan adams – June 11, 2008 07:28AM Reply Quote
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John Willoughby
Behind those greasy glasses you couldn't see my eyes even if they were glowing red, Terminator-style. (Which has always been a goal of mine. Well, since the Terminator movie came out.)

"Phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range."


A goal of mine has always been to work in a pawn shop that sells used weapons:

"Hey, just what you see, pal."

John Willoughby – June 11, 2008 09:29AM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
(Loads shotgun with shells conveniently located on counter...)

stan adams – June 11, 2008 09:40AM Reply Quote
(You can't do that.)

John Willoughby – June 11, 2008 06:11PM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
Wrong.

Madaracs – June 12, 2008 04:33AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
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stan adams
(You can't do that.)

On Television.

Madaracs – June 12, 2008 10:32AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Road Trip, anyone?

Madaracs – June 12, 2008 10:48AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
" "The video game arcade, as a neighborhood meeting spot, as a one-stop shop for the latest in entertainment technology, is slightly more vibrant than an Edsel parts supplier."

Ow ow ow. *sniffle*

Cloudscout – June 14, 2008 07:30AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I'm bummed. Print Shop for the C64 apparently doesn't support the Okidata 120 printer. I will have to try the Commodore MPS-801. Hopefully that works.

Cloudscout – June 14, 2008 08:13AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Actually, it was an MPS-803 that I had in the closet and that works fine with Print Shop.

I need to figure out how to get the driver for the Okidata 120 installed in GEOS.

I'm really amazed at how well GEOS actually worked on a 1MHz system with 64k RAM.

Madaracs – June 19, 2008 10:41AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!

John Willoughby – June 21, 2008 05:10PM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
OK. This is cool. For $30, you can buy a new Data Rover, the pinnacle of the Magic Cap OS. They've been flashed to the last ROM shipped, which is a big deal since a batch of machines with earlier, buggy ROMs have been dumped on eBay. Here's the post from the woman selling them. I have dealt with her in the past, and bought one of these machines, so I'll vouch for her. If you've got a PC with a 9 pin COM port, you can install the software she includes with the units (web browser, wireless drivers, etc. Here's a pdf with the specs.

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For the foreseeable future I have a supply of DataRover 840's for sale for $30 each. They are brand new and come with both batteries, stylus, AC adapter, and serial cable and most importantly they are flashed with the 3.1.2j version of the OS. There are people selling units on eBay but they have a prerelease of the OS and do not work with the PC link software. If you have ever tried to put together the equipment to reflash the OS you will know that unless you already have the equipment to do it you will spend over $30 just to put the kit together so this is still a bargain. If you are sure you want to try and do it yourself we can work out a price. The link for the MagicCap department of my website is: http://pulpfictionportal.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=9&Itemid=82



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John Willoughby – June 21, 2008 07:33PM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!

Cloudscout – June 26, 2008 10:56AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Today's garage sale haul:

1 Commodore 64 in its original box
1 Commodore 1541 Disk Drive in its original box
2 Commodore C2N Cassette Drives (one of which was in its original box)
1 Commodore VIC-20 in its original box
1 TI-99/4A
1 Speech Synthesizer add-on for the TI-99/4A

A bunch of software and manuals for the VIC-20, C64 and TI

The Board-Game version of Centipede

6 games for Philips CD-I

A copy of Orange Box for PC

4 Nixie Tubes (NL-841)

All for a grand total of $49

Considering that even a single NL-841 Nixie tube goes for $40, I'd say I got some bargains.

Madaracs – June 27, 2008 05:28AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I'll say! What fun!

tliet – June 27, 2008 05:48AM Reply Quote
I should have known better, but I've ordered one of the MagicCap devices that John mentioned earlier. I already have an eMate (talking about useless gadgets to cherish), but I do know somebody who I can probably make happy with one of these.

John Willoughby – June 27, 2008 08:04AM Reply Quote
Save us, Lord, from the furries of the Norsemen!
I hope they enjoy it, tliet.

Cloudscout – June 28, 2008 12:11PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Make sure you have the volume turned WAY UP and go visit this eBay auction.

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