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About jhd

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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Atari 2600, Canadian History, Architecture, Copyright Law
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    Classic arcade game compilations on the PS 2

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  1. Does Goodwill even give tax receipts? Granted, I have never seen any big-ticket items for sale in their stores that would have merited a receipt. Here in Canada, the tax credit is based on on the "fair market value" of the property being donated. The challenge is that above a certain (low) threshold, the appraisal must be done by a recognized professional. It would be a significant challenge to find someone whose qualifications are accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency to appraise a video game! (I worked in the heritage sector for many years, and dealing with tax appraisals/receipts was an annual event -- and one that I do not miss at all!)
  2. I'm with Keatah on this. I simply cannot imagine spending one month's rent on a single video game cartridge, let-alone six months (or more) worth. The most that I have ever spent on a single game was like Cdn$50 for a PS 2 RPG. That works out to less than $1/hr for the amount of playtime I get from the game. To achieve the same ratio from a $2,000 game, I would have to play the game full-time for a sold year!
  3. I just want to point out the irony of a game being developed by a Canadian for hardware that is not (yet) available for retail purchase in this country.
  4. Another complicating factor is who owns the copyright. If a programmer is paid for his (or her or its) work then the copyright normally belongs to the employer. So, even if the original programmer wishes to make their own available, he/she/it may not have the right to do so. This is an especially complex issue where firms have merged and/or dissolved in the intervening years. Somebody still owns the copyright, but it may be difficult to establish who that is. For example, I have several CDRs worth of content that I created while working for a former employer. I left that job almost twenty years ago, and the organization that I once worked for no longer exists. In practice, nobody is going to care (much less sue me) if I were to release the material online -- but technically I would be in breach of copyright by doing so. (In case anyone cares, the project that I worked on was developing a database of citations to academic articles on law reform. It is even more boring than it sounds.)
  5. My copy includes a single, consolidated paper manual for all of the games together with the CD -- though no trinkets or seperate maps. I do not recall if the manual includes printed copies of the original maps.
  6. One challenge that I can see would be implementing the bat. Obviously there would have to be dice rolls to determine its movement and possibly what object it picks up. It may also be necessary to add a fourth dragon and have a rule for them to be revived (after x turns) as once they are all slain, there would not be very much challenge remaining. How would multiple players resolve possession of the chalice? PvP combat?
  7. Do you recall when you saw them at Giant Tiger? Were there any games? It presumably would been at the very end of their commercial life when whoever owned the (Canadian) warehouse full of Jaguar hardware was desperately trying to squeeze the last few pennies from it, so around 1997.
  8. The short answer is that apparently very few places sold the Jaguar in Canada. I certainly never saw one at retail.
  9. I had this game -- and the sequel -- and while I really like this genre, I found the theme so off-putting that I never played either title. I am fairly certain that they went to Goodwill when I last purged my PS 2 game collection.
  10. Some years after my Grandfather died, we had to empty his house so that it could be sold. In the attic, there were several boxes pushed far very out under the edge of the roof, but then Grandfather inexplicably nailed plywood panels over the only reasonable access point. We had no idea what was in those boxes and (given the large volume of junk to be removed from the house), further investigation was deemed not worth the effort. I would not be surprised if those boxes are still there today, some 20 years later.
  11. As much as I enjoy playing games, I am even more passionate about history. I have recently started reading the back issues of Western Pennsylvania History. In 2018, there was a brief article published on the history on pinball and video games (based on the museum's collection). Press Start for Play
  12. A classmate of mine received such a kit with his new 300 baud(!) modem in about 1987. If memory serves, the offer had already expired by the time he got it, so presumably they were first being distributed a few years prior.
  13. Even before dial-up, there were shell accounts. I had access to e-mail, Usenet, FTP, etc. through the University Vax 8800 starting in about the early-1990s. I remember how very unstable some of the early (ca. 1997-98) ISPs were. I was a customer of two or three local firms in as many years. One ISP accidently deleted my website, and they did not have a backup! Fortunately, I did. Another firm went out of business after just a short time (less than a year). Once I discovered a bug in the then newest release of Winsock(?) for Windows 3.1 that would cause a disconnect every few minutes. I was literally standing in their office arguing with the ISP's engineer (the company consisted of like three people). His position was that the problem was with my system, when the phone rang and another customer had the very same issue! Shortly thereafter the problem was solved. I moved cross-country in Summer 1998, and the ISP I then began using was so much better. Indeed, I am still a customer (despite several mergers and changes of name over the years).
  14. This looks like the Pioneer LaserActive. It supported various modules for different media formats (and video games). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaserActive#PAC_modules This may provide a model or some implementation ideas.
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