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  1. Yes indeed, my entire point was Dragon's Lair could have been done arcade perfect on any machine if someone bothered to build the simple control interface to attach a suitable Laserdisc player to the computer. This was done for MSX, Atari ST, Amiga and PC back in the 80s. Why re-invent the wheel and an oval wheel at that given they're trying to fit a quart in a pint pot A genlock would only be required to overlay graphics, you could probably get by without it seeing as there was a version that used the arcade laserdisc on PC and ST (Michtron? Microdeal? can't remember who sold it)
  2. It only took me an hour to be the first person in the world to confirm with evidence the exact release date of the PAL Commodore 64 release in 1982, add to this stupid pathetic comments like the "A500 with improved chipset over the Amiga 1000" and I went right off the Retro Gamer magazine long long ago. I could, and will, write a more entertaining and factually correct retro e-mag for free. Just waiting for some famous people to respond with content as promised and then we can publish our first issue
  3. Dragons Lair via Laserdisc+genlock is the ONLY way to do it.
  4. SID has it's musically qualities. But, I wonder why people put so much into a sound device that has more flaws than goods ... for a synthesizer.... The huge selling amount of C64s doesn't mean SID would lead the world, as in that time people prefered to listen to real music, when playing games on the computer. It's a huge fanbase, that still lives , and possibly held alive due to the SID tunes. POKEY tunes alone really wouldn't.... btw... you like experimental music? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00fCjpdF69g And yet people pay $1000s of dollars for early analogue synths today because they release what a load of rubbish and limiting artistically the FM digital synths were. It's not the SID that people loved in the grand scheme of things, it's the sound of analogue synths which people like Matt Grey and Martin Galways squeezed out of the little SID. They share the same disadvantages in terms of repeatable identical setup/sound on two of the same make/model of synth units but at the same time I think the world over people would agree the sound of analogue synths is just better than all that Rick Astley type rubbish. Something like the Ensoniq 32 oscillator sound chip designed by the designer of SID is much more desirable to me than say an 8 channel sample playback chip with no effects processing of the Acorn RISC computers. The only reason I own a Ninbendo DS is to play around with the DS10 cartridge And yes those sounds in that video are quite bizarre but good! There was a C64 tune for a game with Ghosts in it and I think those sounds would go better in that tune (forget the name at the moment).
  5. For well built and sturdy you will not be able to beat the 800, unfortunately it will not run later software that requires a 64K or larger XL/XE system. The ability to have 4 players for Mule is in its favor though. There have been discussions about a replacement OS upgrade board which allows the ability to select between 800 mode and XE mode with up to 576K, the design of which is complete and some prototypes built, but which has not been produced. There are also limited upgrades available for this machine. My next choice would be the 1200XL, followed closely by the 800XL. The quality of the XL circuit boards is superior to those of the XE line, and the XLs can be upgraded with extra memory which was their main disadvantage in comparison to the 130XE. The quality of the XE lines circuit board is a major disadvantage when installing mods/upgrades, it is much easier to damage when doing so. Bill For PAL territories (PAL/NTSC only availability should be mentioned in first post really) the 1200XL is not an option is it? If so get an 800XL for 64kb games and 800 if 48kb is enough as it has a lovely keyboard I think and 4 joystick ports. 65 n 130XE/XEGS keyboard is worse than C64 one so be aware of that if you plan on typing.
  6. I do feel they lost their way and innovation. What have they done between Wipeout Pure (PSP) and the latest PS Vita Wipeout? They did a racing game similar to Hang On for the Amiga, it was actually really good. And of course Shadow of the Beast was one hell of an amazing sounding and looking game on a stock 512kb Amiga. Even the FM Towns Marty version was c0ck compared to the A/Vs of the Amiga original. Some real genius coding by Reflections.
  7. If only Ninbendo would come to an end, nothing but bad news for gamers from NES to 3Dfuxxor and PiSS console lol Utter babyfied bollox from day one, FAIL
  8. The best racing game of all time was not ported to the Xbox 360 properly (5fps when it rains is a joke!) and not even released on the PS3!! Now Criterion have decided to do their own version of Need For Speed : Most Wanted!. I've seen the trailer and obviously it does not include the best car ever sold in the world (BMW M3 GTR 2003-2007) but I am worried it will be one of those games centred on multiplayer and not the actual single player game, which is what makes NFS:MW the best racing game ever programmed for any system at any time on this planet. There was a lot of gay back slapping and hoo-haa about Criterion doing it when the E3 trailer was shown (yeah so what, their games are nothing special in my book) but they better not make it some leaderboard based wank with token cop cars and stupid story! NO! Don't remake stuff and ruin it for god sake.
  9. Is there an ADAM emulator that works in VISTA/7/XP? Some DOS emulator is around but doesn't really work on todays PistaChios
  10. As an owner of one since 1986 I can tell you the truth about this machine. 1. It is possible to have 8mb Fast RAM and 512kb Chip RAM. Most come with just 512kb Chip, you will need a side expansion to add the fast ram (512k-8mb). So the only games that won't run are those that specifically need the A500Plus/A3000 chipset with 1mb Chip RAM. 2. Price, well I can't see the pictures and condition is everything. It's not cheap at 202 dollars unless it has no yellowing at all and the box has zero scuffs and all the manuals are also mint. 3. The build quality is far superior than the A500, the keyboard is a joy to use and it takes less space on your desk. All but the very first Summer/Autumn1985 NTSC machines have exactly the same features as the A500 technically. Once you boot Kickstart disk from cold boot it is held in protected memory and even a keyboard reset won't clear it. Bad side is parts are harder to come by though. The two games you mention will run fine on an A1000 and so will Shadow of the Beast/Sword of Sodan/ALL Cinemaware games/Battlesquadron/Marble Madness. Very few games needed the 1mb Graphics chip to work, even Stardust runs on my A1000 (it is a 1mb game though). I use mine for serious work with a Kickstart 2.1 disk and with a 2mb expansion I have 2.25mb free when using Kickstart 2.1. Basically unless you want to use the 1280x256 4 colour mode there is no difference between the A1000 and A500Plus really.
  11. Original internet is Compunet in the UK for Commodore 64 computers. Why? You could view/download.... Music Video Demos Games Pictures. You could chat to people..... All at once in a public chatroom Invite people into your private chatroom One to one in private just like MSN You could send and receive.... "emails" files So there you have it, Compunet did everything the HTTP based internet of today does, amazing eh?
  12. Yeah that and their over generous reviews put me off.
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19350856
  14. 2 seconds into it and you couldn't even get the name right, CBM was not the registered name. 30 seconds into reading it I noticed a 2nd massive error, Simon's Basic worked fine without a disk drive or even tape deck. Also you need to know why the 64/VIC had that V2 Basic (research your facts if you want to flame) and remember that in 1982 we all typed in games listings full of Peek/Poke/Data statements not drawing spyrograph circles with plot commands like poofs in plastic sandals The hardware = better games listings to type in = only thing 99% of us cared about. And finally Acorn computer's Basic pissed all over ALL Microsoft Basics even before 1982. If you need help just ask an expert or something
  15. i'd just like to point out that i disagree with this statement... ...they come in bottles too! This is true! Also doing a horizontal pic of a bottle of coke works best for A8 and a vertical pic of a coke bottle on C64 is better suited.
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