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  1. Reading through this thread, this strikes me as an observation I've never seen before but really explains something about the video game crash, and also the subsequent resurrection of consoles and the ultimate division of the market into consoles and computers, and also what happened to the Commodore/Atari/TI/Sinclair/Acorn etc. "home" computers - they got subsumed, ultimately, into the console market, once that market could produce more advanced, developed machines.
  2. Lots of comments here about Donkey Kong, the ColecoVision, the ADAM, and ports for competing systems. I love Donkey Kong and it is one of the many reasons I got into not just ColecoVision (I got mine when I was 5), but also other systems: I became fascinated by the idea of the "arcade" version and ports. I remember thinking at the time that this process was similar to movies: Arcade:Home Console::Movie Theater:Home Video. Of course, 5-9 year old me could never have envisioned what would happen to arcades going forward, but I think the analogy from the time held. I got a Commodore when I was older, though I never had DK for it, or any game that I also had the ColecoVision version of. Indeed, unlike it seems most in the C64 scene, I thought of and wanted my C64 to be a productivity machine, a "real" computer, not a games machine. This is perhaps why my first true "retro" purchase was my 2004 acquisition of a Commodore 128. The 128 was everything I wanted my 64 to be back in 1993-1994 (I was late to that party, clearly). And that opened the floodgates. A Commodore Plus/4. A Tandy CoCo2. But what I really wanted was to try different ports of DK. I had a Wii so could play the Nintendo port when I desired. Still like the look of the Coleco one better. But I acquired an Atari 800XL and TI-99/4A to try their ports. No point in bothering with a 2600 (though I'd played it) or an Intellivision, I knew they couldn't hold a candle. Some day I'll try a 7800. Through NIAD on this site, I got the DK Jr. and DK super game packs. Still haven't much played the 64 version, but I will say the following things: 1. For my money, for sheer look and accuracy, the actual best port I have played/seen is the one for the TI-99/4A. I like the Atari 800XL one for its idiosyncratic gameplay, but it's not as "arcade accurate." 2. The ColecoVision DK and the ADAM Super DK are both very pretty to look at, but the play is just OK compared to the arcade or even the TI-99/4A. 3. However, at this point, I actually really prefer the differentiated ports of this or any game to "arcade accuracy," which of course like most of you is the standard I wanted back in the 80s. But today you can get arcade accurate in the home with no problem. When I play the ColecoVision DK, or the ADAM Super DK, or other Coleco/ADAM ports, it's because I WANT to play the Coleco versions, not the arcade versions. I can do that too if I want, and I see no special reason to do so on the DK. Indeed, when I found out that Mario Bros. had been ported in the homebrew scene to the ColecoVision, I was excited, but then disappointed to learn it was done to look more like the arcade version than, say, as a continuation of the ColecoVision interpretation of the Mario universe, that aesthetic. THAT'S the aesthetic I want when I play Coleco. Not "How can I use every modern trick in the book to make this as arcade-realistic as possible," but "What would this have looked like if Coleco had ported it from 1982-1984?" Still would love to see DK 3 that way. 4. DK Jr. and the Super DK Jr. on Coleco/ADAM were best for their times.
  3. Been meaning to post here for over a week but every time I sat down I could not decide what thread to stick this in, and tonight I finally had time to search, so I did, and found this one, and... close enough. This computer has some odd little quirks from my perspective, who is mostly a novice (more of a Commodore guy), but one who likes collecting old hardware. I can't tell you how many hours I wasted one day trying to figure out why my PEB wouldn't work, until I realized that, completely not apparent in the way typed examples are presented in the manual, or on the screen (because even "lower case" is upper case), you have to have PEB commands in all caps. Then I forgot that and like a year later I spent more hours re-discovering this self-same fact. Fast forward to like January, when I hauled out my TI-99/4A to test a new PEB I had purchased, and now discovered my joysticks didn't work. Everything was fine except the "up." Which was weird, because I was *pretty sure* I had used these before and they were fine. Oh well, suck it up, when I have some money, shell out $25 for a new set. They don't work either. Maybe's it's the actual port/a mother board issue? I think. Then I notice the ALPHA LOCK is on. Gee, was that on before? Could that be it? As you all know, of course it was it. The short version: anyone want to buy an extra pair of original TI-99/4A joysticks?
  4. Thanks for sharing everyone, I love these kinds of threads. Great old photos!
  5. I just read that and did a double take. If that is the case I am surprised the system was not more popular!
  6. He-Man is picking up some steam as a re-vitalized property thanks to Netflix. First the new She-Ra series, now two new He-Man animated series coming to Netflix, plus a live action movie. And of course Mattel is planning a massive re-launch of the toy line for later this summer. Wonder if the time might be right for somebody to approach Mattel and see if they might be willing to come down on price a little bit to get this game released, present it as a kind of mini-marketing opportunity. A limited run of copies of a legendarily unreleased game for a 40 year old system to celebrate 40 years of He-Man... I think it's the kind of thing that could get some cool press, would be well worth them coming off the $5,000 price point just to print up let's say a limited run of 1,000 copies or something. Making a big deal out of it would also by parallel perhaps drive some sales of the ColecoVision Phoenix or whatever and the cartridge itself. It could be a really fun little marketing gimmick if done correctly; after all, He-Man is largely about nostalgia anyway for the moment (although I know they are trying to make it a current "thing" again).
  7. Damn. I am one of those people who are actually busier now than I was before the COVID apocalypse. I made this post and of course forgot about it. Well, again, if you see any, let me know please.
  8. Got busy with other stuff back when I first posted this. Let me know if/when you have this back in stock, please!
  9. Having trouble locating it on your website; can you PM me a direct link?
  10. I appreciate that and will probably go that route at some point, but the collector in me likes original equipment, which I find to be part of the fun.
  11. A while back, I sold a TI system to fund another project, but since then I have been able to re-acquire what I had, including the PEB. The one problem: I am missing the disk controller cartridge. I just got to testing the thing today, but without that it seems I am up a creek. A quick search of eBay showed no results currently, surprisingly. Anyone have one they are willing to part with? EDIT: I feel like a dunce. I was looking for a "Disk Controller" cartridge, not a "Disk Manager" cartridge. There are a couple on eBay, but I one is Disk Manager (1) not Disk Manager 2, and they're both likely to get kinda pricey. Would prefer to work through here if I can!
  12. Interesting topic. Haven’t read it all yet but my personal definition would be: it’s retro once it’s been used from time of purchase until time it became passé, then put aside/away for some significant length of time, so that we are at a point well after it has been considered current, or has been currently manufactured, and now is only available via eBay or second hand stores, and once we are in that phase, the person interested in it “re-discovers” it, either pulling it out or the attic or wherever, or buying a “new” system to play old games, etc. It is there when the nostalgia kicks in, and nostalgia is essential to retro-ness. The gap in time is the critical thing to me. You get something, you use it for a while, it feels current, modern, with it, and then you put it aside... and then come back to it, ideally for this definition multiple years later, and “re-discover” it.
  13. I had/have a ColecoVision and an ADAM from childhood. My Mom really bought the ADAM for herself as the first computer in the house. She used computers at work and was an accountant so used SMARTCalc a lot I know. Our ADAM, so far as I ever knew, was flawless, and still works flawlessly to this day. It is my ColecoVision. I have the ColecoVision still, but it died a slow and eventual death. I had it refurbed, but I never use it. I keep it just in case, but I want to be able to play the Buck Rogers, DK, and DKJ Super Games packs. I guess if I ever want to play Defender again, I’ll need to swap it in. I was always fascinated by the SGM from when I first read about it (long after the days of the ColecoVision and ADAm, in 1997/1998 in college when I had the internet). But the more I read here the more I am convinced we didn’t miss anything.
  14. This is beautiful work, and jeez doubledown, what a perfectionist!
  15. THAT'S IT!!!!!!! Was it just a fan port of the BASIC code as was suggested above? It was just something they loaded on to all of the CoCo2s in my school's computer lab as far as I ever knew at the time. timeframe probably would have been 1985-1992.
  16. When I was in grade school my school had Tandy CoCo2s for the most part in the computer lab, with like 3 Apple IIs or something. Anyway, when we had computer class and could play "Oregon Trail," we actually played it on the CoCos, not on the Apple IIs, and it was an all-text version. I remember the way you shot something was by typing words like "Shoot" and "Bang" as fast as possible, with the faster you typed presumably leading to a better result. Did anyone else ever play this thing on a Coco2? Better yet, anyone got a copy? I am obsessed with it.
  17. I think like a lot of folks I go through fits and starts. Right now because of the business of life with a small child, it's mostly on hold, because when I am home, he's home, and when I am around, he wants me to play with him. He will only be young once, and I want to maximize that time as much as possible; and if I ignore him and get on one of my retro machines, then HE will want to do that, and he's a little too young for it and I don't want to have to fight with him about gentle treatment of old equipment or worry that he might break something. I have collected for essentially five systems: the Commodore 64/128 (main), the Commodore Plus/4, the ColecoVision/ADAM, the Atari 800XL, and the TI-99/4A. The latter two were from curiosity as an adult about what these alternate systems were about. I actually sold off the TI-99/4A at one point to finance another project, since I hardly used it, but found it kinda bothered me I didn't have it, and so re-acquired everything. And I'm right back to not really using it. But I really enjoy old computers and as hobbies go it is relatively inoffensive I think. It doesn't cost too much, especially now, since I have most everything I really want and just need to maintain, and if I let it sit for a while and only use it occasionally, it is still fun. I think it's a phase for you "Omega" - wouldn't do anything rash!
  18. Definitely agree. I have a whole folder of pdf images of Commodore manuals, particularly those I do not have in print. With my tablet it's almost like having them in print. Hooray!
  19. Interesting! DevilDog07, I love your screen name, but more to the point I am also from Eastern PA! Fun to see where these things wind up. I have an ADAM - they are very hardy machines IMHO, much more so than the actual ColecoVisions. My ColecoVision held out for a long while but was often dodgy and finally died. The ADAM? Puts out an image like the day it was born. it’s yellowed as all holy hell, but you can’t have everything I guess!
  20. I need a source for free or nearly free Commodore monitors.
  21. Great idea for a thread, enjoying the many responses. The things I know I want but can’t get and if I could I couldn’t justify the price for run in roughly this order: 1. Commodore 65. Even getting the soon-to-be, I hope, Mega65 will probably be a fight. 2. Commodore Amiga 4000 not T tricked out. Toyed with buying one once but couldn’t justify the $1700. Am intrigued by these machines but not truly infatuated the way I am with the Commodore 8 bits. 3. Coleco ADAM Disk Drive. Most likely totally useless to me (I have an ADAM but putting together ADAM program disks would be a chore) but I do like it and its rarity. Maybe the most strictly irrational thing on this list. 4. That Atari 1450XL prototype... yeah. 5. Atari 1200 - Obtainable but what would I do with it if I had it? 6. That TI peripheral that acted as a VCR controller and even I think would have allowed VCR tapes used as storage for TI-99 programs. Whatever Atari device that acted as a LD controller that I saw at VCF East this year as well.
  22. This was such a cool exhibit, was glad I noticed the post on here. Not sure I would have made the trek down to the Fair this year otherwise. He best part was the Atari 800 being used as a LaserDisc controller!
  23. If anyone has one, I am looking to re-acquire Donkey Kong for the TI-99/4A. PM if youve got one to part with.
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