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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. Sadly I do not have a picture (and the cartridge itself is in a storage unit in another province), but I once bought a large lot of games that included Keystone Kapers with half of the label ripped off. Honourable mention goes to the Combat cartridge that had obviously been chewed on.
  2. There is a version of the rifle moulded entirely in orange -- I do not have a Wii, but I literally found one on the sidewalk on the way home from work one day. It included the Nunchuk controller, but not the WiiMote.
  3. What struck me as odd was that the Management position required a background in FORTRAN programming. It would seem to be of very limited value to someone developing video games. Perhaps it was being used to develop tools on a mainframe system (e.g. a cross compiler). The reference to "long term professional growth" is funny/ironic in retrospect -- within two years, the entire Mattel video games division would be gone.
  4. I actually prefer the NES version of Trojan to the arcade version. I find it a bit easier (and I have played it significantly more) than the original. As for bad ports of good games, I am surprised that nobody has yet mentioned the 2600 version of Zaxxon. It bears only a passing representation to the arcade game; it is sort of an abstract representation.
  5. I have recently started playing Chrono Trigger (via emulation). According to multiple walkthroughs, there should be a sequence at the Mayor's house near the beginning of the game where Chrono can get some money. Not only did that not happen on my playthrough, the screenshots in the Brady guide do not match my screen at all. Are there different versions of the ROM image? I have not encountered any other obvious differences, but I am not slavishly following the guide either -- only as I get stuck.
  6. I have gone the other way with no issues -- many years ago I bought a big package of Mac software at a flea market that was actually cheaper than purchasing the equivalent number of blank floppies. I reformatted each disk on the PC, and used them happily thereafter. I am reasonably certain that these were DD (720K) rather than HD (1.4M) media.
  7. Slightly related question, but in the United States is securities trading regulated at the State or Federal level (or both)?
  8. jhd

    Dev Carts...

    Wow! I am shocked that anyone had the patience to actually use the MagiCard for a non-trivial project. That is amazing talent. I looked at the manual (online), and just shuddered. I find assembly language difficult to use; I cannot imagine manually entering hex codes byte-by-byte.
  9. You can choose what it displays as your location. I have it set to a major Downtown landmark. Obviously that is not where I live, but it is adequate for mapping purposes.
  10. Tandy PC's from the late-1980s had the ports (and driver software) to support Coco joysticks, so this idea is not too unreasonable.
  11. jhd

    Dev Carts...

    Does the Magicard count? It was intended to be used for software development...
  12. That is an impressive summary! I have a quick question about the Elektronika BK series: what (if any) graphics capability does it have? I have no experience with the PDP-11, but my (very limited) experience with similar hardware is limited to text-only terminals. I know that the later VAX 8800 could support a Tektronix graphics terminal, but I thought that was it intended for mathematics-related displays and not adequate for games.
  13. This story is not about Gamestop, but about a similar retailer called HMV. (It apparently still exists in the UK, but no longer here in Canada.) The store mostly sold CDs and DVDs, but it also had a modest selection of PS 2 games -- the specific title that I wanted was sold-out. I reasonably asked the clerk when they would be obtaining more stock, and he told me that they did not order games. I then asked him where the merchandise comes from, and he just looked confused. 🙄 And people wonder about the death of specialized retail stores... Sigh.
  14. When I was in University (early 1990s), there was a Neo Geo system in the campus arcade. I only ever remember playing King of the Monsters, though there were a few other games available. It was many years later that I learned that there was a home console version of the same hardware; I have never seen or played one. I was interested in the Neo Geo X handheld, but that never made it to retail anywhere that I was aware. I did purchase the SNK Arcade Classics: Vol. 1 for the PlayStation 2, mostly because it includes King of the Monsters. 😀
  15. I have no suggestions about specific video game museums, but I want to commend you for thinking of (eventually) donating your collection to a public institution. I too have an extensive specialized collection (albeit not at all related to video games) and in the absence of a family I want it to go to an institutional repository. Note that some general history museums have computers and video games in their holdings (e.g. the Royal Alberta Museum has a very extensive collection of children's toys and related artifacts as well as some old computer hardware) even if they never actually exhibit them. You may wish to inquire within your local area to determine what they will accept. The Canadian Science and Technology Museum has some computers and video games in its holdings, but I don't know if they are only accepting objects with a connection to Canada.
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