Ride of the Valkyries? For Checkers? Apparently we're supposed to equate this ancient game of war with the real thing. It seems impossible that the game programmer would be ignorant of 1979's "Apocalypse Now". Your statement about board games mirrors what my wife says anytime she catches me playing a sports game. "Why are you playing that? Wouldn't you rather be outside playing the real thing?" The answer is of course yes, but I can't always (or ever as it turns out) come up with the 10 people necessary to play an adequate game of base/soft/kickball. At least with a game like chess/checkers/backgammon you're actually still playing the real game. Anyway, glad to see you getting back into the swing of things. I continue to enjoy your look back at systems and games that I know little about... I'm especially keen to see if your sanity can survive the crash of 1983. I'll have more constructive things to say if and when you make it to 1985 and the NES.
I don't think I've ever posted here before, but I have to say I love this project. I know very little about video games in the pre-NES era, so you have been a godsend of information. I know this is a long way down the road yet, but with an eye toward the NES I was wanting to make sure that you were aware of the new PowerPak put out by the guy at RetroZone. You can play virtually any game on the real system with it. He doesn't have any currently available, but there's supposed to be a new batch going on sale sometime soon.