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Vintage Videogaming

Post by eumaas » 08 Dec 2015, 3:23pm

So one of the effects on my psyche of being back in school is that I've occasionally entertained (numbed) myself with video games. However, because console technology and the system requirements of computers have passed me by, I've only been playing old games, sometimes on emulators. Also, I like the old games better anyway. I thought I'd make a thread.

I was inspired to check out the ZX Spectrum (via emulation) by paeans from limeys, especially about Manic Miner. That game is fucked! It's like Mario as designed by a sadist. It's a game where your character is more fragile than a boutique endangered orchid. I can't imagine the amount of rage produced by playing that game without any kind of save function. A masochistic people, the British nerd.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Dec 2015, 3:45pm

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Play the classic C64 game Impossible Mission online: http://impossible-mission.krissz.hu
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Post by eumaas » 08 Dec 2015, 3:56pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:Image
Play the classic C64 game Impossible Mission online: http://impossible-mission.krissz.hu
Should I be afraid?

Did you know that the digital synthesizer chip in the C64, the SID, is highly prized? The Elektron SidStation, which utilizes that chip, goes for a grand and up in the synth market.

Also, for anybody who doesn't believe me about Manic Miner being absurdly difficult:
http://torinak.com/qaop#!manicminer
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Dec 2015, 4:17pm

eumaas wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:Image
Play the classic C64 game Impossible Mission online: http://impossible-mission.krissz.hu
Should I be afraid?
That you might become superdorky teenage me? Actually, perhaps. :meh: Really popular game back in the day, tho. As I recall, there was a knock-off of the game that starred Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Did you know that the digital synthesizer chip in the C64, the SID, is highly prized? The Elektron SidStation, which utilizes that chip, goes for a grand and up in the synth market.
I remember the C64 being said to be a huge advance at the time for its sound chip, but that it has value these days? Not a clue. I should think it'd be fairly easy to locate old machines in Goodwill and the like.
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Post by eumaas » 08 Dec 2015, 4:25pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:That you might become superdorky teenage me? Actually, perhaps. :meh: Really popular game back in the day, tho. As I recall, there was a knock-off of the game that starred Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Terrifying.
I remember the C64 being said to be a huge advance at the time for its sound chip, but that it has value these days? Not a clue. I should think it'd be fairly easy to locate old machines in Goodwill and the like.
It's more a case of finding original chips not already integrated into a circuit board and giving them a usable interface.


It is actually pretty impressive for 8-bit digital synthesis. People also hack Gameboys into becoming sequencer-synthesizers.
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Post by BostonBeaneater » 08 Dec 2015, 4:33pm

I've always been a Dig Dug man myself:
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Post by BostonBeaneater » 08 Dec 2015, 4:35pm

Burger Time is a good one too.
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Post by BostonBeaneater » 08 Dec 2015, 4:37pm

I never played this and never will.

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Post by eumaas » 08 Dec 2015, 4:38pm

I've managed to get Kim into some LucasArts classics, such as Secret of Monkey Island and Loom. Any fans of those here?
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Dec 2015, 4:55pm

eumaas wrote:I've managed to get Kim into some LucasArts classics, such as Secret of Monkey Island and Loom. Any fans of those here?
I only know that first-person shooter Star Wars game (Dark Empire?).

And hell yeah to Dig Dug, despite the obvious sadism of the game.
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Post by BostonBeaneater » 08 Dec 2015, 5:01pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
eumaas wrote:I've managed to get Kim into some LucasArts classics, such as Secret of Monkey Island and Loom. Any fans of those here?
I only know that first-person shooter Star Wars game (Dark Empire?).

And hell yeah to Dig Dug, despite the obvious sadism of the game.
General Custer's Revenge or any of the Mystique Atari games taught me everything I needed to know about gamers.
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Re: Vintage Videogaming

Post by eumaas » 08 Dec 2015, 5:02pm

I'm more a fan of Digger, the Canadian knockoff.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Dec 2015, 5:15pm

The Canadian-developed game that I recall from the 80s was Evolution, in which the player played as various species, from microbe to human, throughout several levels—that is, you "evolve" into each level—and it ends with a nuclear explosion that resets things back to microbe level. Yee haw!
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Dec 2015, 5:17pm

BostonBeaneater wrote:General Custer's Revenge or any of the Mystique Atari games taught me everything I needed to know about gamers.
Ugh, Custer's Revenge. That really was a key prototype for today's gamers.
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Post by Flex » 08 Dec 2015, 5:17pm

eumaas wrote:I've managed to get Kim into some LucasArts classics, such as Secret of Monkey Island and Loom. Any fans of those here?
I love the LucasArts games, especially when they decided to be funny (Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, etc.)

eummy, you ever play Zak McKracken and the Alien Mind Benders? LucasArts second game they made after Maniac Mansion.
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