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  1. The Original Space Jam site appears to have fallen offline. Welcome to the Webspace Jam - Internet Archive Blogs

    1. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      Too bad; i used to visit that site on old computers regularly as one that would work still.   Hopefully they keep the Bob Dole Election site up from 1996 for years to come; another "go to" for me.

    2. pacman000


      Here it is; they just moved it. 


      Had to find it with google. Don’t know why it didn’t work when I typed the address in. Maybe it’s because I left out the ending slash.

  2. Part 3: The NES - Why did it Win? (neocities.org) I try to answer a few questions about why the NES was able to remain dominate till the early 90's.
  3. If you want to save a bunch of pages at once, search the site you want to save you want to save using DuckDuckGo, then copy & past the URL into the  here: http://web.archive.org/save Check off "Save Outlinks" & press save. 

    1. pacman000


      You can use Gigablast in place of DuckDuckGo, tho I think DDG might have a more complete index. https://gigablast.com/

  4. Part 2: The NES in the U.S. https://vgaa.neocities.org/articles/nesdominance2.htm
  5. I'm still trying to add pages from Yahoo Answers to the Wayback Machine; if you know of any interesting pages add them & send me a link.

    1. CPUWIZ


      What is Yahoo?

    2. pacman000


      A web directory which expanded to offer a news service, email service, hosting service, & a dozen or more other services. They dropped the directory... 3 years ago? They were bought be a telecom company a few years ago, & they've been selling off or closing services ever sense then.

  6. Part 1: The NES - Why did it Win? (neocities.org)
  7. I was trying to figure out why a generic game, like Golf, would outsell 3rd party titles. The reasons behind NES’ success are more complicated than simply the presence of 3rd parties or Super Mario. As to why 3rd parties kept with Nintendo...that’s probably a complex tale as well. I can make some guesses, but they’d just be guesses, & they’d take some time to type up. I may do that tonight, then bring ‘em in tomorrow & post ‘em.
  8. According to an old interviews with a former Tengen employee, Nintendo was holding back production on all games except 1st party games: http://www.atarihq.com/tsr/special/el/el.html tsr: So how did the Tengen division of Atari Games come about? EL: EL: Well, we couldn't use the name Atari in consumer, basically. So we had to come up with our own name. Now, Tengen has some connotation.. I forget the Japanese usage for it, but it was decided to use that name for our coin-op ports and products. And at one point we did have a license from Nintendo to sell games, and Nintendo the first year was jacking everyone around with "ROM shortages". Their contract was very one-sided; you paid all the money up front, assume all risk, they tell you how many [cartridges] you're gonna get... tsr: Well, what were the conditions that you had to satisfy if you wanted to be a licensee of Nintendo? EL: There was a lot of exclusivity involved, and being a company where we were trying to port our games to every platform... that's not our business model. And Nintendo is jerking us around with all sorts of stuff, they say "Oh sorry, you can't have your quota this Christmas," or it was delayed, and so on. They did that to everybody, probably except themselves. So then we decided to reverse engineer the lockout chip. Unfortunately there was a fiasco; one of our lawyers went to the patent office and actually sent a copy of the stuff [Nintendo's patents] to Atari. And whether or not we actually looked at it, we basically were tainted.
  9. There was an ET game on the Game Boy Color. It's a rather standard puzzle/maze game, from what I've seen.
  10. Trying to archive some Yahoo Answers Video Game posts using the Wayback Machine. It's shocking how many are coming up as "1st Archive." A lot of data'll be lost for ever in a month. :(

    1. BydoEmpire


      Such is the nature of life, though thanks for your efforts archiving whatever you're able to!

    2. GoldLeader


      I'm still trying to figure out how babies are formed over there.  :lol:  I'm gonna go Ask Jeeves in a minute.

    3. pacman000


      Jeeves is no help at all with that question; he just wants to talk about Yahoo Answers: how is babby formed, Ask.com ;)

  11. Goodbye Yahoo Answers; you will be missed. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080719144932AAfHLpP

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    2. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis


    3. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      Argh, beat me to it. LOL

  12. The lack of tile-based rendering is a related to a difference in design philosophy; GCC designed it to work like arcade machines, since they mostly made arcade games. It had multipurpose graphics blocks which could be used in place of tiles & sprites, if my understanding is correct.
  13. If I remember what I read about Nintendo’s monopoly hearings right, companies could make games for other systems, but they couldn’t be the same games released on the NES; Nintendo had a 2-year exclusivity deal on those.
  14. Below is a video about the Last Analog TV stations in the U.S.



    1. GoldLeader


      Is the video on VHS and rentable at the last Blockbuster?   That'd be fun.  

  15. pacman000

    Movie Cart

    Not public domain; just under a permissive license. You still need to give credit to the film's makers. This is a cool project, by the way. Reminds me of recreations of late 20's/early 30's TV.
  16. Here's where I got that bit about the XEGS being more expensive than the 65XE: First Look Inside the XE Game System (atarimagazines.com)
  17. Presenting: the Video Game Article Archive: Video Game Article Archive - Index (neocities.org)

  18. From what I remember reading, the XEGS cost more than the 65XE. That was kinda the point; Atari’s marketing department took a survey of retailers & found out they could sell an 8-bit computer for more money if they rebranded it as a game system. Atari Corp wasn’t the only company to figure this out; Commodore & Amstrad tried it too. Atari’s offering sounds better tho, since the XEGS had a keyboard, & some games required a keyboard.
  19. Not a great metric; how often would someone save old productivity software? Why would an old computer store want old productivity software? If a game is fun it’s going to be fun yesterday, today, & tomorrow; productivity software is usually replaced by the next, more advanced version.
  20. Why close the topic? It's still interesting; I'm sure someone else has something to say that's related to the XEGS & 7800. Was it bad for Atari Corp to essentially compete against themselves? Could the XE or 7800 have made a bigger dent in the market if Atari had invested more into development? Which do you think had a better chance? If you could turn back time, take over Atari, & invest more into consoles, what would you do?
  21. Again, they did not discontinue the 7800 & replace it with the XEGS. They marketed both systems at the same time. They didn't think the XEGS would conquer Nintendo; they had a lot of extra XE stock to sell, & retailers favored a $299 game system over a $99 computer.
  22. I hate cleaning out things...

    1. moycon


      We all have to pick our nose at some point. It's just part of life.

    2. pacman000


      True. But i think it's best to use a q-tip in that situation.

    3. Keatah


      Q-tips don't offer tactile feedback and grip traction like fingerprint ridges do. Very satisfying when a loogie breaks free and slides out. The air seems cooler right away.

  23. It’s the time of year

    When the world starts to sneeze

    Every nose I hear

    Seem to sniff

    Yes it’s springtime,

    And there’s pollen in the air!

    1. CPUWIZ


      I have a solution for that, don't be around noses.

  24. This is from before Atari Corp bought them, but it’s still interesting: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-04-28-fi-2440-story.html “Has success spoiled Fred Rated? The fate of Shadoe Stevens, who has played the often overzealous if not zany Fred Rated character on more than 1,000 spots for the Federated Group since 1982, is in serious doubt. And even though Stevens’ big-screen debut as the star of a Dino De Laurentiis film is just months away, he may not be Federated’s leading man much longer.” Apparently Federated was taking bids for a new ad agency, & analysts thought Fred appealed to too young an audience. Also, Federated’s sales started to fall when Circuit City moved into Southern California, where most of Federated’s store were located. I’m assuming that’s why Federated tried to move into Texas, which set them back, & gave Atari the opportunity to buy them out.
  25. I see lots of blogs, but few sites organized by the alphabet. Why don’t more websites use alphabetical indexes? Do they think dictionaries are hard to use?

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