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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 6:27 PM
Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 6:47 PM
Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 7:41 PM
Based on what you said in your original post, I think you would be happy with a VIC-20.
Vic-20 carts tend to be more affordable than they are for C64 or Atari 8-bit machines, it has a large library of games, and there are homebrew releases for it these days. This is the machine you had as a kid, which gives you a kind of connection to it that you're not going to have to another machine. The graphics have a similar primitive charm as the Atari 2600. The sound is pretty good on it. Check out Attack of the Mutant Camels and Defender.
If you're not keen on the VIC-20, an interesting option may be the Coco3. I don't know much about this machine, but the games originally released for it look pretty damn cool to me. I have no idea if there is an active homebrew scene for it, but it looks like it would be alot of fun to program.
Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013 9:46 PM
agree on the VIC being a really interesting machine though I think the C64 and the A8's really ruled the 80's.
The CoCo (1 and 2) had a lot of gems and a ton of awesome software and was tremendous fun to program both with it's rich BASIC dialect and that 16-bit 6809 with it's verbose instruction set
There is an active homebrew scene for the 3 but I don't really consider it an 80's Computer because it didn't come out until 86 and then it took another year to figure out the GIME with it's 8K bank switching blocks and poor emulation of the 6847 VDG and SAM literally killing the CoCo's best semigraphics modes.
IMO a lot of the top coders just wrote better games with the VDG but you're right there were some really good looking games for the 3; Gauntlet II rivaled the Genesis Gauntlet IV version (without the music) and was graphically stunning.
Posted Tue Jun 4, 2013 6:35 AM
Absolutely. I was a C64 user myself. Still have one setup on my desk, of course.
The poster having mentioned owning a VIC in his youth is the main reason why I recommended it.
Yeah, I've been tempted to get one to play with.. would enjoy getting familiar with OS9 and maybe even some 6809 assembly language.. But I have a whole lot of stuff I'd like to do, and not as much time to spend doing it all as I would like.. This job thing kinda interferes with my free time..
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 10:42 AM
Commodore PET. Sure not very useful for your wants.....but still one of the coolest looking computers I've ever seen in my life, right up there with the Mac Classic case design. The PET was "the future" to me back when.
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 11:44 AM
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 4:49 PM
If the drives spin but don't read...
I've got a 512K CoCo3 with an IBM keyboard from Cloud9 I've been tinkering with trying to get any one of the 5 drives I had in storage to work but no dice; the CoCo is one of those interesting machines where I want the legacy hardware instead of a flashdrive - I need to pick up a new drive and a CoCo 1 or II!
Edited by JamesD, Thu Jun 6, 2013 4:50 PM.
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 4:53 PM
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 5:46 PM
Posted Thu Jun 6, 2013 6:57 PM
Thanks JamesD, I will give that a try! I'm also going to try replacing the power supply for the drives since I've been using the same one for all 5 drives and they all whir and light up but I don't hear the tripple characteristic head banging the CoCo always does on init.
If the drives spin but don't read...
You know those drive cleaning disks people warned you not to use... use one if you have it. Worked for me.
I can kick myself for giving away my Commodore Pet 200. That machine looks so awesome. It looks like it came out of an 70s science fiction movie.
I got the machine from a friend of my dad. Didn't know what it was back then. Cleaned the machine and tinkered with it. Then when my family moved, i gave it away to a friend or i trashed it. Can't remember. We'll we all make mistakes in our lives.
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