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  1. This leads into my question -- what proportion of the games are reasonably playable by someone who cannot read Japanese? Obviously RPGs and other text-heavy games are out.
  2. I formerly worked in an institution that had a single item worth over $250,000 -- it was an early colour glass-plate negative from about 1913. There are only a handful of examples in Canada. It is very heavy and very fragile. Normally, people get to see a modern (digital) print made from the original negative. Someone once received permission to view/handle the original. Literally three staff members stood around her while she examined the original object!
  3. I have never seen anything for the TRS-80 series, generally, but there is a book for the Coco: Tandy's Little Wonder: The Color Computer, 1979-1991 There is not a ton of technical content, but there is some discussion of the original design process:
  4. Another way to approach this question is to look at the relative amounts of coverage in the magazines of the time. Looking at Creative Computing and Compute, for example, two multi-platform magazines with very wide circulation BITD, the majority of coverage was for Commodore, Atari, and Apple. There were occasionally some Tandy-specific articles, but they were hard to find amidst the sea of content for the other platforms. I think that it is reasonable to assume that the content reflected what the majority of readers wanted to see. (I was a Coco owner at the time, and I was disappointed and upset by the lack of coverage of my system.)
  5. My understanding is that there was an allied (or at least very similar) chain in Australia -- Dick Smith Electronics. They sold a local (licensed?) clone of the TRS-80 computers.
  6. Roughly ten years ago, I was visiting Family in another Province. My flight was cancelled due to inclement weather, so I had an extra 24 hours to fill. I stopped by a local thrift shop where I found a small handful of 2600 cartridges, including Skeet Shoot! That said, it immediately went into storage with the remainder of my collection, and I have never actually played it -- either on original hardware or in emulation.
  7. The oldest game that I have seen that had online updates and patches was Daggerfall (1996). When I bought my copy (used, of course) in about 2000, the box included a floppy disk with some of the updates; I latter downloaded the latest updates. I do not know if the game was playable unpatched. Even better, wait and buy the Game of the Year Edition second-hand! I paid about US$8 for Oblivion at a thrift shop, including all of the patches and (most) of the DLC included on disk. Grated, this was some 12 years after it had originally came out, but it was still new to me -- and Bethesda did not make any money on the transaction.
  8. I remember sending for this booklet BITD -- I even had to find an American quarter to include with the form. I had a Coco rather than a Commodore 64, and I was very disappointed to discover that it was all in machine language, and so not reasonably adaptable to another system.
  9. I have very limited experience with original hardware (I never actually owned an NES, SNES, or Genesis -- my experience with actual hardware is limited to an occasional few minutes with store demo systems), so I cannot really comment on how much better (or worse) emulation is. For me, the main benefits of emulation are storage space and additional features. I currently do not have the space to set-up multiple gaming systems; my entire Atari 2600 collection has been boxed-up for many years now, and even most of my PlayStation and PS 2 games are packed into my closet. The other thing that I love about emulation is features like save states. I am a big fan of RPGs. I am currently working through the NES Dragon Warrior series, for example. It makes the game so much easier to be able to save wherever/whenever I want, rather than struggle to reach a designated save point.
  10. I no longer remember the title, but it was the first third-party book that I ever saw for the Coco. I purchased a Coco in about June 1983, and I promptly set out to learn BASIC from the surprisingly good included manuals. I very quickly exhausted the small handful of simple game program listings in the manuals, and my skills were not up to creating my own. (The local public library had perhaps a half-shelf of books with BASIC listings, but all were very generic.) For my birthday that year (in November) my Parents bought me a book. It was full of game listings (and maybe programming techniques; I do not remember). This qualifies as the very first Coco-related item that I ever saw outside of the local Radio Shack. I was not previously aware that there was a larger "ecosystem". (A month or two later I discovered Hot Coco magazine and my world suddenly became very much larger.)
  11. Has anyone grabbed a copy of this video for preservation purposes in case (when) it is deleted?
  12. There was also a three-part series in Rainbow February through April 1984. The first issue introduced the basic framework for a game, the second issue added enhancements, and the third demonstrated how to make it into a graphical adventure. It was modular and easy to expand to add new objects, commands, etc. I used that structure as the basis for a massive, albeit never released, game.
  13. jhd

    Jag u2 required?

    Congratulations on finding a Jaguar in Canada! I have been interested in video game since I received my first Atari 2600 in the early-1980s, but I have yet to see one in-person. There was such limited retail distribution here.
  14. One important consideration is to keep them away from direct sunlight (or in a case with UV protection), otherwise the label (and signature) will fade. I understand that florescent lights (I am unsure about incandescent lights) can also cause this to happen. I have purchased many books where the spine is badly sun-faded while the covers remain the original dark colour.
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