Chronogamer is two years-old today!!!
Just for anyone wondering if the decrease in frequency of entries is any indicator of a flagging enthusiasm on my part, please let me assure you it is not. Real life has gotten a little bit in the way of my passionate pursuit of this effort, but this effort will indeed continue just as passionately, only slow.
To prepare for the next era of chronogaming, I've managed to get most of what I think will see me through to the Great Crash of 1983-84. There are a HUGE amount of systems that were available and "alive" during this era and I think I've managed to get everthing to allow me to play most of the games on the original hardware.
- The awesome Cuttle Cart 3 will get us through the Intellivision Library.
- The equally awesome Cuttle Cart 2 will get us through the Atari VCS library.
- I've got a Vectrex flash cart to get us through the Vectrex stuff.
- AtariMax for the 5200 will serve us in all 5200 needs with the exception of Bounty Bob Strikes Back.
- I have all but two of the carts released in the US for the Emerson Arcadia 2001. (Looking for Spiders and Grand Slam Tennis.)
- John Dondzilla's Odyssey^2 cart will get us through most of the Odyssey^2 games and I've got real copies of each of the Masters of Strategy series so, no worries there.
- I've got 8bitdomain's great Bally Professional Arcade Multicart, so, check that system off, too.
- The final releases for the FairchildZircon Channel F are still sitting around, too, so I'll finally get to them.
Hmm, what am I forgetting?
Oh yeah, the Colecovision. No, I haven't gotten one yet, an issue I plan to resolve at CGE if possible. If anyone wants to sell me a working Colecovision and schlep it to Vegas to sell to me, I'm all ears. I intend to use a multi-flash-cart for this system, too. I've bought the attachment that works with the Vectrex FlashCart, but haven't tried it out yet. I may go ahead and get the product similar to the AtariMax 128 5200 flash cartridge, though I can't recall what it's called (ColecoMax?).
I predict that it will take me a long time to get through this era, unless I seriously figure out my schedule. My initial "off the top of my ass" estimate would be about five years to chronogame everything from 1980 to 1984. I mean, we're talking hundreds of games. If I ever get an Xbox 360 and a copy of Oblivion add two years to that estimate.
And now for something completely different ..
show of hands, please: If I could get the cost to $15 how many people would be interested in a book called, Chronogaming, Volume 1 1972-1976? I'm thinking something about the size of a Prima Strategy Guide, color, of about 50 pages, each pair of pages devoted to each game with lots of pictures and screenshot along with a less blog-like (ie spell checked and tighter) chronogaming entry for the game. It would mostly be about the Odyssey with a few of the typical PONG dedicated's thrown in before the dawn of the Channel F. Anyone?
Your show of a hand does not constitute a promise to buy. Heck even if nobody buys one, I think I want to make one for myself. It would be cool to have it on my coffeetable, if I ever get a coffeetable.
Also been working on www.chronogamer.com. If you've been reading this, then you've seen it, more or less, but dig the crazy Odyssey pink.
Anyway, Happy B-day to Chronogamer (again it isn't my birthday, just the blog's).
Next entry should be Bally Pin.