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  1. On 1/21/2013 at 9:09 PM, Nelio said:

    None of the links work now. :(


    Dang. I don't have the strength to fix all those links again. I will remove them and not call them links. Thank you for checking.


    On 1/21/2013 at 9:09 PM, Nelio said:

    You have a typo above: Magnavox.


    Fixed!!! (only took 8+ years)

  2. On 1/21/2013 at 9:02 PM, Nelio said:


    You should check, indeed. :(



    That never crossed my mind... interesting. Kinda like "chronometer", I see. Oh well, need more emphasis on the GAMER part, I suppose.



    Never happened. :( For some reason you skipped the remaining Channel F games and jumped to the Odyssey 2. Perhaps because they were actually released in 1980+?


    Nelio, you were my long-suffering friend/reader from the future and now you're my long-suffering friend/reader from the past. I do apologize from the bottom of my heart that I was and may yet still be such an inconsistent person at this.

  3. Damnit, i did it again, Nelio posted something in 2012 and I accidentally deleted it. grrrr. He was saying that in 2012 he went to look for my blog over on DP but to no avail.


    This is why I should sleep more, else I start deleting bits of history. Sorry, Nelio!

  4. On 11/4/2012 at 7:12 PM, Nelio said:

    Oh, nice that you tried Boxing again and corrected your previous statement on the AI!

    xD I haven't seen that correction yet. I've been reformatting entries but not really re-reading them. I guess I'll do that after I've finished reformatting. I actually wrote a little correction in the entry a couple nights ago that my memory seems to think I must have plagiarized from somewhere else but I have no idea where I could have read another explanation of this game.


    (ooooh, now I see the correction! herp derp)

  5. On 1/7/2017 at 2:27 PM, lancegmason said:

    [1] Open command box to your roms folder

    [2] Type copy /B apf1013a.bin+apf1013b.bin SpaceDestroy.bin


    You now have a single cartridge that will work with MESS/MAME.


    [4] Open command to your mame/mess folder and load your rom (wherever you put it)

    [3] mame apfimag -cart "SpaceDestroy.bin" -keepaspect


    Note: If your rom image does not work, try:

    Type copy /B apf1013b.bin+apf1013a.bin SpaceDestroy.bin



    Controls seem to be:

    LEFT=Left arrow

    RIGHT=Right Arrow

    FIRE=Number pad Enter.

    It is super cool of you to have provided these instructions for Nelio and others that came after. Thank you, Sir Lance!

  6. On 11/4/2012 at 1:18 PM, Nelio said:

    I couldn't play most of these games on MESS, so I was hoping for some screenshots here. The links to the videos don't work, so tough luck for me. 😞


    I wonder if you still have this stuff and you'll be able to put them online again.


    On the discussion above, about video cameras, we've come a long way since 2006. Digital cameras are very practical nowadays and you can get an MPG or AVI file straight away, and even upload directly to YouTube through your wireless LAN. Yes, that's how we do things here in the future.

    Sadly, I have no idea where any of this stuff has gone. :( The intervening years were a rough patch. I still have my physical things, but I'm unsure about where any of my digital things are. Even if I had the foresight to back this stuff up, they're probably burned into a CD-ROM that I might not even be able to read anymore. (I have one CD drive in the house. A superdrive that works with a MacBook Pro from 2015 or so.)

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  7. On 11/4/2012 at 10:59 AM, Nelio said:

    There's something that you mentioned that doesn't make much sense, probably because you simply forgot about it by the time you wrote this entry. The 3 computer-controlled fighters are actually quite different, at least on the emulator. One barely punches, another never stops punching (he's a pain to beat), and the last one is something in-between those two.


    I had remembered they were different, but I hadn't remembered enough about their differences to write about them. I just now made an edit to the entry, though I can't remember if what I just wrote was something I read elsewhere in the intervening years or if it was something I'd figured out on my own. My brain bugs me sometimes.


  8. On 11/4/2012 at 11:06 AM, Nelio said:

    Oh, on the "ZZzZ" discussion above, I don't understand your gripe with it. I think it can apply to both being asleep or having lost consciousness. Of course they're not the same thing, but it's just simply implying that the person isn't conscious. I don't think it has to necessary mean the person is snoring - more likely just an indication that the person is still breathing and not dead. :P


    Oh, I think I was making reference to the idea that I only saw "ZZZs" as something people do when they're asleep, but it was pointed out to mean "snoring" which can happen if someone is asleep or knocked unconscious (different from sleep in a few ways, but I'm no doctor.)

  9. On 1/20/2013 at 10:04 PM, Nelio said:

    I'm not that much into bowling to understand everything you praised about the game. But I also had fun with it, and found the graphics to be pleasantly simple and elegant.

    I'm sure I've mentioned this in other Bowling videogame experiences, but after thinking about it some, I realized that Bowling was one of the very few Real Life experiences I could claim that have been translated into videogames. (Skiing is another. Driving should count, too.)

  10. On 1/20/2013 at 9:49 PM, Nelio said:


    Hah! I hadn't thought of it in the sense that Checkers was a "simpler version" of Chess! Weird decision. It would be great if someone involved with the Channel F in the day could share some insight on this. But that's probably another great story we'll never hear.


    I wish someone had asked someone who might have known. I had remembered playing Checkers on the Channel F but I'd forgotten I'd used the MESS for it. (MESS doesn't exist in 2021 anymore, it's merged or something with MAME or another emulator designed to play a bunch of different emulators. I'm SOOO lost now with emulation and I used to be able to feel my way around before.) I'm really happy I found this entry for Checkers. While playing through 1980 there have already been three checkers games. I'm glad I don't need to do this one after all.

  11. On 8/11/2007 at 6:44 PM, e5frog said:

    If you read the instructions carefully (perhaps a babelfish-translation from German to English from the instructions on my page http://go.to/channelf, direct link: http://w5.nuinternet.com/s660100106/gallery/txt/saba20.txt ) you'll notice that the game can be set to different levels....


    Ofcourse, the computer takes much longer time when increasing the level.


    If you look at my avatar - that's how a re-built SABA#20 may look. :)


    OH WOW! And PAC-MAN! Dang, I have missed out on the comings and goings of Channel F. I did get to play Tetris on the emulator though, that was a real treat.


    Thank you for that link! I did figure it would take longer at higher levels. I'll babelfish the instructions. (Well, I don't think babelfish is still around (though that was an awesome name for it) but google translate is going strong.)


    On 1/20/2013 at 8:44 PM, Nelio said:

    When you mentioned the "thinking light", in your 2005 quote, I thought you meant it was on the screen! Having it on the cart itself is kind of neat and weird at the same time!


    I really do like the light!


  12. On 1/15/2013 at 8:49 PM, Nelio said:



    It got me 2 months to get to this post. Why? Because I had to cover all the computer games from 1978, and, finally in 1979, I went through all arcades and pongs before moving on to the consoles. In fact, I still have to read about a few less known consoles (that you don't seem to have played) before joining you in the next entry.


    Anyway, kind of strange that after two months without visiting, I start reading this entry and it's sooooooo depressing! And I was in such a good mood! lol


    Talk to you soon!

    (Here I am talking alone again.)


    oh dude! I envy your journey. I do hope it has continued (Playing computer games, i mean, not the whole "talking alone" bit, which I'm kind of doing now, too.) And yeah, the thing about looking into the past, it's so easy to get nostalgic, morose and melancholic, at least it always has been for me. (even when I was a kid, which, I mean, c'mon, as a kid it wasn't like I had a whole bunch of years about which to feel melancholy, but I managed to do it then, too.)


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  13. On 3/27/2006 at 5:23 PM, Nathan Strum said:

    I realize this is probably an evil question... but do you have any plans to include some of the handheld games from back then? (Of course, not all of them, but maybe a few of the more popular ones...)


    Here in 2021, I've encountered something I never expected that would have made the handheld games better to play sooner rather than later: Eyesight!


    Playing handhelds is a bit of a chore now. I can take off my glasses and hold things close to my face, but it's just not as pleasant as sitting at a desk or on a couch in the living room. I'm in my early 50s now and was in my late 30s when writing these entries originally. I just had no idea that it would become a hassle to play something on a tiny screen some day. (This eye sight kicked when I was about 45. I can play on handhelds with my glasses off, but if I'm wearing my contacts forget about it.)


  14. On 11/20/2012 at 8:10 PM, Nelio said:


    I liked your backstory! It's probably better than the real thing! :P


    You know, the other day I was looking for pictures of some system - I think it was the Interton VC 4000 - and I ran into a website about old systems and found some of YOUR pictures there! I recognized the tiles on the floor! Let me see if I can find it again...




    Meh, I can't find it. If I run into it in the future, during my research, I'll post it here.

    I think you do mention it in another comment as the "old computers" site. I think you also mentioned how oddly formatted some of my entries had become. (Which I hope I've fixed for good now, but who knows.)

  15. On 11/20/2012 at 7:37 PM, Nelio said:

    I'm looking forward for 1979, but I still have a few computers to cover: the Commodore PET, the TRS-80, and the Apple ][!

    Here in 2021, I have an Apple II-GS that I probably got not too long before you came long and started commenting. I think I booted it up once or twice and was happy to discover it working. Apparently the thing has a board in it that's an entire working Apple II. I really love the computers from back then and I suppose I'll get around to exploring those, someday, too.

  16. On 11/19/2012 at 10:00 PM, Nelio said:

    Oh, by the way, the official name for this game is Seawolf, one word. Funny that you ended up writing it wrong after your first paragraph on how you should list game titles in a more technical manner. :D

    LOL You are absolutely right! It does serve to show that I really might've benefited from the technical writing course. I did go on to take it and now 15 years later, there's a chance to do some technical writing in my actual job. Since it's been about 15 years since I've done any technical writing (and only for that class) I think I'm going to pass. xD

  17. On 11/19/2012 at 9:13 PM, Nelio said:

    I was impressed by Math-a-Magic!, probably because I had no expectations whatsoever. It's good edutainment, and I liked the available "game" modes.


    I lost on Echo! after a 23 note sequence. I only played it once, as I had no interest in beating my score (although I was trying to beat yours on that first try :D). My sequence was all weird with lots of repeating notes. Also, in 23 notes, the number 2 was only used twice. I'm not sure if this should have actually made it easier for me, but I failed miserably. Maybe I'm just tired. It's 3 AM.


    (Most of my posts were written well late at night, when I find the time to chronogame in peace.)

    I can't imagine hitting the 33 notes anymore. That was probably a musical talent, certainly not my short term memory ability.

  18. DAMNIT


    In my zeal to delete the entries that kind Nelio had created to indicate the next entry and the previous entry, I accidentally deleted one of Nelio's actual comments. I apologize Nelio. I will try to recreate it from memory.


    Neilo quoted me as quoting the manual: "On-screen electronic sensors enable the defensive linesman to follow the ball automatically."


    And he said something like "This was so the people of the time didn't mistake what was happening for witchcraft."


    Which I think is a valid insight and I'll be more careful in my clean ups moving forward.

  19. On 11/18/2012 at 8:00 PM, Nelio said:




    Interesting reading. 🙂


    I wonder if it was thanks to you that the Studio II and the APF M1000's carts were dumped. They can be easily found today, although I think a few Studio II carts are missing. I was going to write "who cares?", but I actually do care. It's a piece of gaming history, and these games should be easy to find.


    Hey, these links ARE interesting reading and I was glad to learn that the term I was trying to find was indeed ray casting (I had wondered if it was ray tracing, that's something else entirely and only 30 years after Wolfenstein are we seeing it in a real-time 3D game. (Minecraft RTX)


    And, yes, despite my dislike of the RCA Studio II, it is part of history (Plus I really think its box and actual console design was pretty sweet looking. The way we used to think the future would look. "The way the future was" one could say.)

  20. On 11/18/2012 at 6:33 PM, Nelio said:

    I have started watching the whole Battlestar Galactica series just recently! Yeah, what kind of geek am I that only now I'm watching it...


    There's no shame in getting to something late! Obviously, 8.5 years after you mentioned it, I'm getting back to you about it. BG was a good series and I think I'd enjoy it again.


    On 8/11/2010 at 1:38 PM, thegoldenband said:

    My girlfriend and I busted out the O^2 for the first time in ages last night, and played this game (along with Smitheerens and a solo game of UFO). It's no Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack (we missed that shifty-eyed dealer!), but at least it moves along at a decent enough clip.


    I may have to get her to play it again so I can blow her mind with the double down bug! I wonder if it works with insurance too?


    Looking forward to your return to active blogging! Reading your entries really adds a lot to my experience of a game like LVB!, which hasn't had a lot of ink spilled about it...it makes gaming seem more like a communal/community experience, which is nice.


    Sooo many times I thought I'd be coming back, so I'm hesitant to say that I am. This time, at the very least, I'm going to fix all of the formatting on the entries.

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  21. On 11/15/2012 at 10:09 PM, Nelio said:

    I've finally got to the Odyssey 2 in my own chronogaming! Woohoo!!!


    It took me a while to get here, as I ended up going through a system that you skipped for some reason: the Interton VC 4000 (and its family of similar systems). It was also released in 1978, so I decided to focus on it before starting the Odyssey 2.



    I vaguely remember reading about the Interton VC 4000 and I think I'd come up with a reason why I didn't feel I needed to include it. I don't remember what that reason was, but the only thing I can think of at this point was that I must've thought it was something I'd have never seen in the US back in 1978.

  22. On 11/3/2012 at 9:51 PM, Nelio said:

    I was also :o when you said Blackjack's graphics were ugly. It was a Blackjack screenshot that got me interested in the system in the first place, as I noticed the cards featured the suit symbols - proof that this system had better graphics hardware than the previous machines. I'm happy you retracted your original comments. :)


    Ironically, I couldn't play this one on MESS. All I get is garbled graphics, just like with the built-in game. I think it's one of the system's video modes that isn't emulated yet. 😞 It's just Blackjack, but I'd still like to see it running myself.

    Yah, clearly I was having a bad day or something. xD Well, let it be said I'm not a man that holds on to his opinions when shown evidence of his mistakes.

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