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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Atari 2600, Canadian History, Architecture, Copyright Law
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  1. Depending on how broadly you want to stretch the definition, there is Strawberry Shortcake Musical Matchups (1983): https://atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=512 One can mix-and-match the character's outfits, though there is only one "correct" choice. Of course asking an audience composed primarily of middle-aged men is probably not the best way to get an answer. Most of us had limited interest in this genre of games even back in the 1980s... 🤣
  2. Does the card have any connection for an external antenna? Alternatively, does it work outdoors? I wonder if the card is trying to locate a GPS signal, and locking-up when it fails to do so. We used to have a GPS device that was very finicky and unreliable; it would usually work better outdoors than inside -- presumably it could find a signal easier.
  3. Practically speaking, how would you even ship something that is "worth" $1.5 million? Would most courier services even accept something that high-valued? I shudder to think of the insurance premium if they did accept it.
  4. What sort of performance does this provide? Java Script is interpreted, so there would be several layers of abstraction between the Mac application and the underlying hardware.
  5. I do not have a 7800, but I do have a 2600. To avoid excess wear and tear on the hardware, I keep it in a storage facility located some 2,500 miles away from where I live. For greater certainty, the keys to the facility are held by a third-party. It is the classic trade-off between convenience and long-term preservation. I have opted to emphasis preservation.
  6. Since it is a public company, there would necessarily be a formal Board of Directors. This would include both internal senior management as well as external members. There would be a designated second-in-command. The list of Board members will be included in the Annual Report and (presumably) also in the various securities filings. (I am generalizing based upon my knowledge of North American law -- the rules in France may be wildly different.)
  7. I do not know if I am more disturbed that the WATA would even bother to grade a box in such poor condition, or that someone had the gall to submit it for grading. I wonder how many of the Alamogordo landfill games include the "official certificate of authenticity", or if someone is just selling a box that spend some time buried in their back yard.
  8. Given the almost complete absence of video game magazines from the mid-to-late-1970s when Pong clones were at their peak, I would suggest looking through something like Popular Electronics https://worldradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm in search of announcements of new products. The January 1978 issue, for example, has an article about the current state of Pong systems and other electronic games. Personal Computing magazine https://archive.org/details/personalcomputingmagazine?sort=-date began publication in 1977, so there may be some coverage of Pong systems in the early issues. In all cases, additional research would be required to ascertain what advertised or announced products never actually came to market.
  9. jhd

    MSX?? Why?

    Some of my classmates were interested in music production in about 1983/84. I seem to recall that a local (Halifax, Nova Scotia) store that sold musical instruments and other gear for professional musicians also stocked some of the Sony MSX computers with MIDI support. I definitely remember seeing the advertisements, but I don't think that I ever saw the actual hardware. They were far out of my friends' price range. There were lots of full-page magazine advertisements for SpectraVideo systems, but I never saw any hardware at retail.
  10. If a sealed box copy of the game is worth $100,000, then my loose copy has to be worth at least $1,000, right? 🤑
  11. The very first computer that I ever used (in elementary school) was the Model III. Thus I am strongly nostalgic for the bluish-white phosphors that system used. I never used a green monitor, and I only had an amber monitor briefly in the 1990s (it came with the gift of a vintage PC).
  12. Assuming that the Model II managed to amass so much market share, would there not soon be competing clones and knock-off systems? The Model I (and III) never dominated the market, but they were both copied and, sometimes, improved upon, by other manufacturers. I am amused by the idea of a store selling accessories, peripherals, and software, but not actually computers. What an interesting business model.
  13. These may already be available online or otherwise in published form: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/theses/Pages/theses-canada.aspx (for example) Where I was an undergrad student, the University library held a massive collection of thesis (and dissertations) dating from the 1890s through the present that was open and accessible (albeit not very well catalogued). There was also a massive microfilm collection of thesis/dissertations created at other institutions. It was interesting reading the early work by well-established scholars in the field.
  14. I wish I knew that such a device existed in about 1990; I could have really used one then.
  15. Was that a physical pack-in (rather than just a coupon)? How did someone select the size?
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