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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. I had a Coco from 1983 through 1989. I am trying to recall if there were any games on cassette tape that were "multi-load". I understand that a few such titles exist for e.g. the Atari 8-bit, but I am struggling to think of any for the Coco. I vaguely recall some text adventure games (from Rainbow magazine?) with multiple parts, but I do not remember how variables were passed from Part 1 to Part 2, etc.
  2. Speaking as a long-time Canadian video game collector, it is very common for us to purchase games (and systems) in the US. Even allowing for the exchange rate difference, prices are generally better and the selection is FAR better. I assume that there some drift in the other direction as American consumers take advantage of a favorable exchange rate (and, especially in this case, a deeply discounted clearance price). Thank-you for documenting this rather rare item. I have never seen a Studio II at retail here in Canada. Other RCA products were readily available here in Canada. Circa 1980, my Mother won a ~26" RCA colour TV in some contest. We were still using it when they sold the house in 2001.
  3. It looks like Leisure Time Electronics was active in about 1983... I'm a bit late to this party, but I found: Joseph CASSIOPPI v. Ross John DAMICO (Supreme Court of Alabama, 1988) 536 So.2d 938 Despite the fact that published court decisions are freely available public records (albeit not online), most people are unaware of them. Lots of interesting things can be found.
  4. Is the expansion set even usable by itself without having first installed the original Word of Warcraft?
  5. It is perfectly fine to run Windows XP, as long as one takes reasonable precautions. My desktop PC currently runs Windows XP sp2, but it has not been online since dial-up was still viable. I primarily use it for writing, photo editing, and maintaining my website. All online activities (and game playing) are handled via a much newer platform. File transfer is handled via a flash drive. I have never used Steam (on any platform), so I have no opinion on its support for Windows XP.
  6. This is a good solution; the biggest problem with organizing or classifying systems by year is the longevity of some systems, e.g. the 2600 was first released in 1977 and it received at least minimal support through the early-1990s. Chronologically, it crossed several generations and it was (at least technically) competing in the marketplace with everything from the the Studio II and Channel F through the Genesis and the SNES. I really like the phrase "Transitional" to describe the Playstation (and similar systems); they are not really Retro, but they are certainly not Modern, either.
  7. Is this a new policy? Some years ago, back when original PlayStation games were still available, I found a PAL-format sports game at my local EB Games. The case was very obviously different from the NTSC releases, so it's not like they made a mistake. I remember being surprised that they would be selling something that was not playable by the vast majority of their customers. Slightly O/T, but I have twice found imported games at a thrift shop -- a bootleg(?) Famicom game and some Japanese PS 2 games. Bizarrely, the PS 2 games were in a shop in a small, mostly Francophone community in New Brunswick. The shop clerk had no idea where they had come from.
  8. Those are remarkably fluid graphics for a Coco BASIC program!
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  10. Yet another Maritime living in Alberta...

  11. Strongly agreed! My main collecting interest is not video games, and I am now finding it hard to acquire new items for my collection as I already have acquired most of what is out there (barring the very expensive and/or extremely hard-to-find items that I will never see).
  12. They are not hard to find, at least around here -- prices have not dropped significantly, and stores still have piles of them on the shelf.
  13. Did it include the network adapter (just not the HD)? Final Fantasy 11 was clearanced cheaply by Radio Shack here in Canada, so some of the systems making their way to thrift shops should have a network adapter/hard drive, but (sadly) I'm not seeing any. By the time that I pay shipping and considering the exchange rate on the Canadian currency, buying online is not an appealing option for me.
  14. Sadly, I have yet to find a fat PS 2 with the hard drive installed; I check every one that I see for sale, but I have yet to find a hard drive.
  15. I have amassed a fairly large collection of PS 2 games, especially classic game compilations and RPGs. Unfortunately, I am having difficulty with the hardware. The PS 2 slim console that I bought new in 2008 is no longer reading disks (despite a cleaning). I recently purchased another slim at a local thrift shop (first I've seen in a very long time) and that too does not read disks. I can continue to purchase used consoles until I find one that works, but I fear that it is only a matter of time before I run out of affordable hardware. So, are there any PS 2 emulators that can read the original disks?
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