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  1. People can have problems narrowing down to 'just one' favorite game of all time, so this thread is a bit of a cop-out... you can narrow it down to TWO instead! So, after all these years, which two TRS-80 Model I or III games do you think were the best? You can break it down even further into sub categories if you have a hard time pinning it down to even two overall programs. For shooters, I'm thinking Robot Attack and Meteor Mission 2. For a BASIC text based game I liked Hammurabi. Agree? Disagree? What do you think? Maybe you'll change our minds?
  2. Well, I saw an MC-10 on eBay for pretty cheap and I picked it up. No box or AC-Adapter, but the unit itself looked almost pristine, and I wasn't disappointed. The unit arrived today, and it looks more or less unused. There's a slight scuff mark across the top, but that's it. The keyboard is tight and there's no grease or dirt on the unit anywhere. Wherever it was hiding, it was hid well. It's not faded, the ports look like they've never been used, the expansion cover is there with screws and intact and pristine as well. The warranty sticker is in tack so It's unscathed internally as well. The unit didn't come with the AC adapter, and I figured I'd run down to Radio Shack and grab an overpriced wall wart, but 8 Volts? WTF is up with that... anyway, found a bunch of 8 volt adapters online, I found one that's rated at 2.5 amps instead of 1.5 amps for $10 bucks, that'll work fine. So, until the wall wort gets here I'll have to wait to fire it up. I think I'll invest in an el-cheapo MP3 player to use as the "tape deck" as well. I'm also hoping it plays nice with my modern TVSo for now.. here it is.... Also, if anyone out there can tell me the exact size of the AC plug, it would be much appreciated...
  3. From the album: My Game Collection

    I recently Acquired this one from a friend, through some trading. It has some slight yellowing, but not too much. It came with a floppy drive controller. (Apr, 22, 2018)
  4. From the album: My Game Collection

    1983 Tandy Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer 2 in the box.
  5. From the album: My Game Collection

    1984 Radio Shack Tandy 1000 IBM PC compatible. Monitor is a Commodore unit.
  6. I've been giving a lot of thought to the early 8-bit home computers lately. Although our family bought the original 1977 Atari Heavy Sixer video-game console; for computers, I found myself drawn to the TRS-80. Its monochrome text display (...okay, I didn't know it was simply a black-and-white RCA television) seemed to make it more of a "real" computer than something you "hooked up to your television". But then again, the video-display terminal was at that time, still a relatively new development. I haven't been able to track down the price of a DEC VT52 computer terminal when it was introduced in 1975, but the 1980 price was still over $1,300. So in 1977, when Radio Shack and Commodore offered complete computer systems for under $1,000 including video monitors, it was quite remarkable. I wandered into a computer store in early 1981 and the sales associate demonstrated how the Atari 800 could start a program instantly, like "Star Raiders" on cartridge, instead of having to wait for a slow floppy-drive or even slower cassette. Still, it made me wonder if an Atari computer wasn't so much a computer that used cartridges, as much as it was a cartridge-based video-game system that had a computer keyboard. Later that year, I visited that same store when the IBM 5150 "PC" came out, and noted that to put together a whole PC "system" - with floppy drives, monitor, keyboard, RAM, and power-supply (...yes, sold separately), you were looking at more like $4,000 (To be fair, Radio Shack's 1981 Model II "business computer" had a price tag close to that, and they offered a letter-quality daisy-wheel printer that cost almost $2,000 all by itself; pages 172-173). I've been fooling around with the VICE Commodore emulator, as well as the C64 Forever free-version (...which appears to be an enhanced setup/front-end to VICE, with some bundled software titles). Again - it "feels" more like a game machine than an actual computer. That seems to be echoed in the decision to market the C64 Direct-to-TV as a joystick plug-and-play device for games, instead of something with a keyboard. I feel a little bit sad that Commodore's 80-column 8-bit business machines never gained traction; I think they could have offered small-businesses computing power at half the price of what IBM and even the early PC clones provided, if they could have gotten the marketing right. But I can't feel too sad for the company that had the best-selling computer of all time in the C-64. Jack Tramiel is such a polarizing figure; I can't say whether he saved Atari or ruined it - or perhaps he was just trying to run it as best he could, while the world was moving on. Radio Shack computers suffered a similar fate and now the Radio Shack brand itself is on its last legs. The irony is that I think the Coleco Adam could have been the most useful home computer of that era, if they hadn't failed in the execution. Having a letter-quality printer at the center of their strategy was actually brilliant in the argument for "this machine can help your kids with their homework". This was happening near the end of an era where there were girls at college supplementing their income by typing term papers for the guys, because typing "wasn't something that men did". Being a typist was a specialized skill. The typewriter wasn't nearly as forgiving as the word-processor and noticing a mistake in the middle of a typed-page meant doing the whole thing all over again. I've been thinking about and working on this post over the course of hours and I've gone back and made revisions repeatedly - this would have been much more difficult if I had to resort to typing on a typewriter or writing it out long-hand. And without the Internet, and the AtariAge website, how would I share it? Another curiosity - or maybe an irony; the computer I'm using is hooked up to a TV... ...a 22" 1080p HDTV that I'm using for a monitor. And my primary use for this machine is entertainment; playing classic games via emulation, watching video content and social networking. So it seems that I've come full-circle; I have a computer, in my home - a "home computer", that's hooked up to my TV. Through the magic of emulation, I can experience owning an entire collection of technology from the past; home computers, game consoles, coin-op arcade machines, and libraries of software that if tallied up at their original selling prices, would be worth tens of thousands of dollars. It's a nice escape from a world filled with violence, injustice, strife and unrest. I'd enjoy reading your thoughts on the matter...
  7. Like the title says. Does anybody know of a label variation guide for Color Computer cartridges? I collect the earlier CoCo 1 carts with the title in a colored bar next to a TRS-80 logo. I know many CoCo 1 carts also came in a plain white "Tandy" end label variation, and I've got a few of those that I'm looking to swap out for the earlier style. But, I'm not certain if they all even exist. (Specifically, I'm talking about Dungeons of Daggorath, Downland, Stellar Life Line, and Demolition Derby. I know I've seen the first three in the "TRS-80" variation, but I don't know about Demo Derby.)
  8. From the album: My Game Collection

    Another shot of the 64K Tandy CoCo 2 I recently acquired (April 22, 2018)
  9. I am having a problem with my TRS-80 Color Computer 2, it will not load cassettes. I just bought a new cable for it on Ebay, as i did not have one. The seller said it was made himself, it was hooked correctly into the cassette recorder, but when i try to load a cassette, it just sits there and does nothing, the motors do not run at all on the player with it hooked up, unless i hit play on the recorder, and it still will not load! any ideas?
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