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  1. Well, nothing more for today because it's finally not hot and I want to do work outside, so... Atari 2600 Kaboom - 250 minutes Atari 5200 Moon Patrol - 45 minutes PC-9801 Dead of the Brain - 560 minutes PDP-11 Tetris - 30 minutes RCA Studio II Squash - 14 minutes X68000 Akumajō Dracula - 200 minutes Cameltry - 55 minutes ...and most of that was just in two days. Running down the list I broke out the 2600 for Kaboom and got really into it, man why do I keep forgetting that it's a fun game? The 5200 was out for a bit of Moon Patrol, I keep forgetting that I don't have space for it on my shelf that hold systems by the PC and need to use it in a different room, so I think I spent more time moving it than I did playing. PC-98 makes an appearance as I found out someone had done a translation for Dead of the Brain - it crashes a bit and I don't think I'd have wrote some of the same text but I mean for a quick and non-machine translation it's actually really nice to see, cool of whoever did it - I'll still stick to just reading the JP text but this was neat. The PDP came out for more Tetris and trying to run a C compiler, yeah C was different back then so that was fun to try and figure out. The Studio II got brought down by the PC from my room and I quickly realized that I'd much rather be playing with a ELF or VIP with some chip-8 games but hey whatever Squash isn't a bad Pong game. Finally the X68000 pops up as I fixed up three - all of them had dead power supplies, one of them in addition had broke drive belts on the floppy drives and another was missing a power switch. Some capacitors, belts, 3D printed parts, and video cables later and I got them all working. Tested them with my two go-to games, got the one out the door just in time for its intended purpose of a birthday present with a SCSI2SD full of games and the other two are waiting around on the shelf now - still no clue what to do with them but my personal 68K collection is now sitting at 11 systems and I only really need one (maybe two just to keep a 68030 in case?) so I'll probably start trying to find some of these a good new home. Hopefully next week will be something interesting but I get the idea it's not going to be, have to go deal with my university messing up and deleting my schedule about a month before classes start for the second semester in a row, going to have to try and get back in the courses that are now full because I lost my spot due to this, and also work exists... maybe I'll beat something for once in a good while? So far Dead of the Brain is just about the only title I've actually completed this summer.
  2. Space Dungeon - Man it's just fun, one of the few reasons I still even get out the 5200 and definitely the game I have with the most playtime on it. Missile Command - It's not the arcade but it's still really fun - I finally got a trackball controller and that made it so much better. Star Raiders - I still don't even know how to play it properly, should probably look at the manual, but it definitely looks cool and I love most of the old space games. Moon Patrol - One of my favorite games on a ton of systems and even one of my favorite arcades, no clue why but it's just cool. Jungle Hunt - I couldn't think of a fifth but I do break this out a bunch so I guess it goes up there. If this tells me anything it's that I should probably look more into the library, maybe check out some homebrews, so I don't just go slapping Jungle Hunt on random lists.
  3. Well, it's pretty much PDP week here and it's going to stay that way for a bit. PDP-11 Barmen - 20 minutes Dungeon - 74 minutes Tetris - 104 minutes Super Star Trek - 55 minutes VIC-20 Omega Race - 22 minutes So, after a bunch of digging around I found that some of the old classics - Zork and Tetris - had some amount of start in the PDP-7 and PDP-11s, neat-o. Barmen is Tapper except I can't figure out how to actually get it to play... it started working somehow but I still have no idea, maybe another time? Dungeon is pre-Infocom Zork and neat at that, my build is from '78 anyways and plays just nicely under RT-11 - I couldn't get it to run for the longest time, turns out I just needed to go back from v5.7 of the OS to v5.3 as it takes up less RAM, whoops. Tetris is Tetris, I never knew but the Electronika 60 that it was made on is just a Soviet clone of either a LSI-11/03 or -11/23 down to even running RT-11, so yeah it just worked fine for me as I'm using a -11/23+ with RT-11 as my only operating system. I pulled up Super Star Trek, I'm just starting to get the game but it's definitely fun even if I don't get it half the time. Reminds me of the Compucolor version, probably the same game with some changes, but I'd have to take the Compucolor out to actually tell if that's any true. Finally the VIC comes up with Omega Race which is just fun so I don't have much else to say on it. So yeah, as I said above, basically just a PDP week for me - I should be getting a disk controller in the mail tomorrow which could run something like four floppy drives and another four MFM hard drives once I get the breakout board for it. I'd love to have actual hard disk storage so I could start trying things like UNIX - at the moment I'm using an emulated serial-based tape drive, but with this thing using old Winchester disks I'm a bit weary about buying in as the price seems insane on most of these Seagates - so I need to look into drive emulators soon here. Expect some X68000 for next week as I'm getting three more in that I found super cheap to fix up, one will be a birthday gift for a coworker who's wanted one and the other two will probably be sold to fund my new thing for minicomputers as I already own more than enough 68Ks and should honestly be cutting down on them instead of getting more.
  4. Didn't have much work so I got a good few games in this time. 2600 Crystal Castles - 11 minutes Demons to Diamonds - 5 minutes Galaxian - 30 minutes Midnight Magic - 3 minutes Video Pinball - 20 minutes Wizard of Wor - 35 minutes 3DO DOOM - 30 minutes 5200 Space Dungeon - 65 minutes 7800 Xevious - 45 minutes PC (DOS) Realms of the Haunting - 85 minutes VIC-20 Omega Race - 15 minutes Ultima: Escape From Mt. Drash - 25 minutes So yeah, nice little lineup for older titles this week. For whatever reason I decided I wanted to go revisiting some old consoles, namely Atari stuff, as it's been a while. Brought the 5200 down to my setup, had to clear a ton of space to fit it, played Space Dungeon, then realized it was the 7800 I actually wanted to mess with - whoops. Can't say I got too into many of the games but it was the first time in a long while I had given Xevious an honest attempt and that was pretty fun to do. For the rest of the systems it was mainly testing hardware out. Got a new 3DO Blaster in the house so I gave that a test with my usual "let's try to clear the first episode of DOOM" and realized that the game runs so slow it got a bit painful, I guess I'm too used to the Jaguar version for consoles now. VIC-20 got a new power supply that isn't just a 5V phone charger spliced into the output of the old brick so I had to try both a tape and cartridge game, bot were happy so I was also happy. Finally I got a nice little (moderatly capable) DOS "laptop", a Toshiba Libretto, and had nothing else nearby so I got Realms of the Haunting on it and found out real quick playing that game sucks on the tiny screen - oh well, it's a neat little thing. The RS232 to USB adapter ate itself, I was hoping to get some more stuff with the PDP-11 but that failed and I really don't feel like keying in the ODT bootloader (still haven't got a ROM for it) so next weeks goal is to get that going again and also work on some old Gottlieb EM pinball machines - I doubt any of it will get done but ah whatever, it'll be fun to do as much as possible.
  5. Well I see forum the layout changed since last I was on here, neat-o. Atari 7800 Xevious - 25 minutes PDP-11 Adventure - 35 minutes VIC-20 Omega Race - 40 minutes Yeah, nothing too exciting because the weather has been amazing out so I've been making it a point to get outside. Finally got the PDP to work reliably and upgraded it to having 256K of 22-bit RAM instead of the previous 64K of 16-bit stuff - no advantage for me past more to use but whatever. Adventure is always fun, I think I beat the Apple II version a few years back but it's cool to play it on something closer to what it was made for. The 7800 came out to play some Xevious as I finally found the stupid cartridge, I thought I lost it as it's my only 7800 cart but it was just sitting with the stack of all the no-end-label 2600 games - I don't like the 7800 joystick at all and I suck at the game but hey, it looks nice and that's always cool. Past that just Omega* Race on the VIC as I needed to test a new video cable I had made and a joystick I fixed, surprisingly both worked fine and the game like always is fun. Someday I need to get more than a few cartridges for the thing, maybe break out the tape drive and get a bigger RAM expansion to try out some newer stuff anyways.
  6. 32X: DOOM - 21 minutes Virtua Racing Deluxe - 6 minutes Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog (6-Pak) - 30 minutes Splatterhouse 2 - 55 minutes PDP-11: Super Star Trek - 11 minutes Lot of Sega. With Sonic Mania coming on the PS4 for free thanks to me paying $100 for an online service I never use, I figure "ah let's try to beat the other 2D Sonic games"... yeah that was a mistake. Turns out I'm real bad at the first and can't get to the second zone without a lot of luck, so maybe that idea will be shelved for a bit. Did get to play with the 32X again and that's always cool, I just recently got my own Jaguar so going back and playing 32X DOOM gives me another comparison on which port I think is best. The PDP-11 is also starting to see some time, I got it to (very slowly) boot an operating system (RT-11) off of an emulated drive via a 2400-baud serial connection. I have no clue how to play SST but I keep hearing that it's one of the big classics so maybe I'll actually read the manual and figure it out another day.
  7. ...well, been a while since I posted in here... PC (DOS): Dark Castle - 25 minutes Sharp X1: Gradius - 109 minutes Nothing too exciting but hey, they're games. Got Dark Castle in while I was fixing up an old IBM PS/2 30-286, makes a pretty nice test game to play with the keyboard and mouse on a system like that anyways. I've always sucked at it, never got farther than the first few screens, but someday I'd love to try and beat it. The X1 is a similar situation, my X1 Twin had a floppy drive go so I wanted to test it on a game I had on floppy. Gradius is really cool, I've never actually beat it until just the other day when I played this version, as man do I suck at shmups. It was cool but I'd say go play a version with an actual controller, this one was nice and fast but you use the numpad like arrow keys which works but I'd imagine anything else is better. So yeah, I guess it's time to get back on this thread for me... going to keep up the odd stuff just because odd computers are about all I play on nowadays past some newer stuff. I hope by the end of the year I'll be able to log some time for the PDP-11 as that means I got my -11 I'm working on building up and going with a proper storage drive.
  8. As a push for myself to get back to making something in my spare time, I decided pretty recently that building a new old computer would be cool. Making a homebrew Z80 board was my first choice but I realized my S-100 setup has a pretty homebrew Z80 CPU and whatnot anyways, so I went for the second choice and picked up stuff to start my own PDP-11. The setup so far looks something like this: CPU, Serial IO: M8189 - 22bit F-11 CPU with MMU and boot ROMs, optional FPU and CIS chips available to be put in, 2x serial ports, jumpered to boot to ODT RAM: 1x M8044-DB - 32K, 16bit Backplane: H9276 - 22bit, 4x9 slots Power Supply: A cut-up Corsair TX850 Cooling: Some random 120mm PC case fans hot-glued to the shelf this sits on Terminal: IBM 55SX running Kermit ...and with all this I can really just run the On-line Debugging Tool as I don't have any form of storage for it. Part of me would love to get something like a proper old RX02 drive setup, but it seems unless I manage to do what I did with the PDP-8 I own again and find it from someone who's looking to trash the thing/sell it a a low enough price and within a reasonable drive in the truck... maybe I'll re-purpose an old serial CNC paper tape reader for now? So with that, I'd like to ask, does anyone else on here have this type of stuff and if so what things have you been able to do with it? I'd love to get this rack-mounted, add some form of storage, and maybe run something like BSD or RSX11M+ on it when I build a capable-enough setup but for now it seems that may take a bit of time and cash. If anything else this is just real cool for me as I always love the old minis, the PDP-8 has been one of my favorite cabinets to play with, so this is a cool next step to me.
  9. Playing VIC-20 lately and I found an Ultima game, Escape from Mount Drash, which I didn't even realize I owned - well I guess I haven't played all of them yet, at least now the VIC has some use...

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    2. carlsson


      I think it is still is valuable, if it is an original.

    3. Iwantgames:)


      It's a crap game with nothing to do with Ultima except they slapped the name on it. It's quite rare tho so yea valuable to collectors

    4. Jess Ragan

      Jess Ragan

      It used character graphics for all the artwork! It's hilarious! Well, maybe not to anyone who bought it full price.

  10. Got my PiDP-11 kit, woohoo! Now the 8 can have a (plastic case) friend

    1. Shawn


      Hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas Kiddo :)

    2. BurritoBeans


      Thanks! I have to work half the day but eh, at least I get the other half with family.

  11. Man, I thought my C64 was dead... then I remembered when using my VIC-20 A/V cable that you have to put the audio where the video goes and vice versa. /facepalm

    1. carlsson


      Nope, that is not correct at all. Perhaps you're using your Genesis A/V cable where you have to reverse audio and video to get a B&W image on the C64?

  12. Found a 7800 for $40, here's to hoping it works

  13. Always was a fan of N, I remember wasting time on the original flash game when I was supposed to be doing work at school and N+ on the DS was another fun challenge. Never knew they had it for the Switch so I may have to check it out - I currently have it on Steam anyways as it makes a really good use of the Steam Link and controllers for couch co-op.
  14. I got a DEC Alpha off some guy... well, I have no clue what to do with this lol

  15. Got the 128, went from fuzz on the screen to a black screen with some lines by resoldering and swapping a fuse in the PSU - maybe tomorrow when I'm not so tired I'll try reseating ICs and checking the computer itself

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