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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. Everything has collectible value to someone -- even if it may take a while to be realised. I remember being in an antique shop that had a large display of Presidential election ephemera. Nixon and Eisenhower political buttons were given away by (at least) the tens of thousands, and most were tossed immediately after the election. Today, these things are actively collected. I have also seen used bookstores asking fairly large amounts of money for 1980s Canadian government publications that were freely distributed when new.
  2. It would be valuable if you could conclusively link it to a significant figure at Apple and/or show that it was directly used in the development of a significant piece of hardware. If some random programmer used it to listen to music in his/her/its cube while working, then it would have no particular value. You may wish to start your research by contacting whomever is responsible for asset management at Apple and having them check the serial number on the sticker.
  3. The only option that comes to mind is using an emulator with a save state function. This makes playing massive RPGs with limited saving points so very much easier as one can save anywhere. I only use console emulators, so I am unfamiliar with what is available for the Coco.
  4. This game was also included in the Midway Arcade Treasures 2 collection for the PS 2. Does that version have the same limitations?
  5. I remember this game! It received an excellent review in Hot Coco in 1984 or 1985, so I eventually bought a copy. I was a big fan of text adventure games, but I was unable to get anywhere, and I was terribly disappointed with it. Alas, I do not recall if there was a save function.
  6. It is sometimes necessary to wait for stuff to "drift" across the border(s) as personal imports if it is never officially sold here in Canada. There is a thriving grey market for some things, but, sadly, not video games. It took me 10+ years(!) to finally find an Atari Flashback 2 at a Canadian thrift shop. (In the same province, though not at the same shop, I also found a Sears Video Arcade console and some Japanese PS 2 games.)
  7. It would really depend on what resources the former store operator has: if he/she/it owns a warehouse or other large storage space, then the stock may still be stored somewhere. On the other hand, I cannot imagine a rational person paying money to rent space to store unsold stock from a failed business indefinitely. As for the video store referenced above, I am very surprised that the landlord did not empty the space (either dump the contents or retain a liquidator) and try to re-rent the premises. This thread reminds me of my Grandfather. He was something of a hoarder. In the 1950s, he had a business to sell oil filters for cars that used rolls of toilet paper. It was a colossal failure. The remaining stock from the business went into the attic of his house. Some 50 years later, as my parents prepared the house for sale, they sold the lot to a scrap dealer.
  8. It looks like these consoles are not going to be in stores in time for Christmas shoppers. Releasing a consumer product in January (or February) is not a great idea. I wonder if the VCS will ever be available at retail (in the sense that I can actually walk into a store and buy one off the shelf).
  9. I am confused; the software is considered fraudulent, even though it actually does what it claims to do. Why?
  10. Thank-you for sharing this! I love to see collections of printed ephemera, especially things that were never intended for mass-public distribution. I have never seen a reference anywhere to the PS 2 printer, for example. That is an awesome advertisement/press release. It is interesting that it referenced Metric-size paper, but it was obviously intended for an English-speaking market (presumably then the UK).
  11. But if you ever wanted to do so, there is Bleem! 😁 Seriously though, most of my gaming time is devoted to classic arcade game compilations. I love being able to play, e.g. Space Duel or Gauntlet, on modern-ish hardware. If the cost and limited availability were not alone sufficient deterrents, the (almost) total absence of such games would dissuade me from buying a Jaguar.
  12. The Intellivision and ColecoVision mini-consoles were already sold several years ago. I have the CV version, which includes a mix of licensed games and homebrews. Neither version sold as well as the Atari original.
  13. Financially, it is certainly not worth the effort. Around here, the Small Claims filing fee is about $100. There is also the cost to prepare and serve (via courier or registered mail) the documents on the other party. There is also the time away from work (or family or playing video games) to appear in Court, etc. Best case scenario, Atari does not file a defense and you receive a default judgment for $250 + costs. Ok, the company has no assets in your jurisdiction. How much more money do you wish to spend to enforce this award? The law of diminishing returns quickly applies. It is simply not cost-effective. Someone recently threatened to sue my employer over a dispute of less than $200. The manager literally laughed at him.
  14. It looks like there was support for two serial terminals, and an optional board to support three more -- for six concurrent users (including the console): http://q7.neurotica.com/Oldtech/Tandy/Model6000HD.html This is a wonderful example of how a fully-loaded system could be used. Remember, too, that the Model 6000 allowed users to share a common hard drive (e.g. for access to a shared database) -- something not as easily achievable with the Model 4 or 1000, especially in the early-1980s. So, price is not the only consideration if the cheaper hardware just does not have the features or capabilities that are required for the application. A Honda Civic is way cheaper than a Range Rover, but I am not going to be very successful off-roading in the Civic!
  15. I have absolutely no knowledge of this company, but I wanted to share the posting here just in case anyone has the relevant skills (and is eligible to work in Canada). https://www.wowjobs.ca/posting/eQLJ8TbCFiT3L2k6Tsy5xdmXr7gOZhGyLVxWrZNGkBmjsudnjMlkfg?isp=0
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