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by Matt_B
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Need help identifying an old computer
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Need help identifying an old computer

The Tandy 2000 (an early 80s somewhat IBM compatible PC) is a very different machine to the TRS-80 but it's certainly true that neither resembles the VIC-20 much. Tasco are also a company I'd more associate with optical instruments - there are some binoculars sold as Tasco 2000 - than computers. It'...
by Matt_B
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Pre-Zelda 1 games with a save feature
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: Pre-Zelda 1 games with a save feature

If you count being able to suspend and re-start applications via the operating system as a 'save feature' there are mainframe games from the 1950s that might also qualify. Getting back to games that had their own save feature though, Adventureland from 1978 is the only thing I can come up with that'...
by Matt_B
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?

Time Commanders used an early version of Rome. The full game wasn't released until after the first series had aired.

I think there was at least one other TV series that featured the games though.
by Matt_B
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?

Napoleon is certainly a good one. It cops a lot of flak from fans of Empire for being a considerably less ambitious follow-up, but what it loses in scope is more than made up for by the increased focus on what the series does best. Oh, and not randomly crashing is always a plus too. On the whole, I ...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Chip Shop Puns
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Chip Shop Puns

HADDOCKEN!!
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Entombed - Atari 2600 game
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Entombed - Atari 2600 game

It's somewhat misleading to say that nobody understands how the game makes the maze. The code itself is fairly simple, using a look-up table to generate the next line from the existing maze, and anyone with a reasonable understanding of 6502 assembler could tell you how it works. Indeed, for anyone ...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 385

Re: Virtual Pinball

I asked the people selling the one I linked, and they said they couldn't do VP tables "for legal reasons", even though they were able to supply the units with 400+ FP tables... VPX uses the MAME license, which means you're not supposed to ship it pre-installed with hardware. Nobody cares too much a...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 385

Re: Virtual Pinball

Good luck getting your hands on a working second-hand Switch at the moment. Still, if you've already got one, there are options for docks and most of the pinball games I've seen on it will work in vertical orientation. If you want a big screen, have a look at this cardboard beauty: https://imgur.com...
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 385

Re: Virtual Pinball

Failing that, there's always Pinball Fantasies on the Amiga. :D Im more Space Cadet Well you could build one that just emulates console/computer Pinball games, would be a lot cheaper. Not as cool You could probably do that with a Windows Atom tablet, and a suitable dock. Mind you, there don't seem ...
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Virtual Pinball
Replies: 25
Views: 385

Re: Virtual Pinball

Yup, it cant run on a cheap-o PC, even if the prices of such a thing seem to be dropping. I was very surprised when they told me Visual Pinball was much more resource-greedy than Future Pinball, because many years ago when I first got into pinball emulation the reverse was true. But I didn't really...
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What are you currently playing?
Replies: 24229
Views: 486823

Re: What are you currently playing?

Speaking of Atic Atac, I just watched a speedrun of it in 4:40.

Under ten minutes is pretty good going though. The random elements don't always line up to let you have a fast run.
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: cani play all 48kzx spectrum games on a +2A
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: cani play all 48kzx spectrum games on a +2A

You can play a tap or tzx file as audio, to be loaded into a computer, with most emulators. It's way more reliable than a thirty-odd year old cassette tape too.

Still, divMME Future is the way to go if you're using the original hardware on a regular basis.
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: cani play all 48kzx spectrum games on a +2A
Replies: 8
Views: 116

Re: cani play all 48kzx spectrum games on a +2A

Thanks to the diligent work of the Spectrum community, particularly Alessandro Grusso, there are no longer any known 48K games that cannot be made to work on a +2A or 3+. First, have a check to see if it's on this list: https://www.alessandrogrussu.it/plus2A-en.html If not, it should work and 48K BA...
by Matt_B
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: C64 Demo for Jason Kelk
Replies: 12
Views: 183

Re: C64 Demo for Jason Kelk

Nice bit of work there.

And a big get well soon from me too.
by Matt_B
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: The New gen thread PS5/XBOXsX (feat PONG)
Replies: 7
Views: 157

Re: The New gen thread PS5/XBOXsX (feat PONG)

A race between a Wifi router and a air purifier The winner is the one we will want to play games on 20 years from now. I will wait. But will it be anything to pick up 20 years from now? Will the games be available? Online servers all gone? Will emulation of the new old censored be the only thing av...