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  1. Very nice! That is soooooooo tempting. It's just hard to pay the current price and shipping when I already have a Mini, and have SO many other emulated systems at the moment. But.... I still want one. I also have a lot of Arduino/Pi based projects going on that I have dropped several hundred dollars on in the past few months, getting parts and upgrading my tools. The internal struggle is very real. haha On a side note, @Scott Robison, while looking at your videos I noticed you had the Star Trek parody skit from the Carol Burnett show on there, I had not seen that in YEARS. Such a great skit! "Are you AC or DC?" "Get your own lamp!" Growing up my mom was a huge Carol Burnett fan, so needless to say, I seen a lot of her stuff on VHS and re-runs. Her invisible husband turning out to be Leonard Nimoy as Spock, the memories. lol
  2. I simply want to say .... That's a beautiful thing! Looking at a newly designed, modern 1980's motherboard, going through the dev process. Keep up the great work!
  3. When you get yours, you will have to let me know what you think! Like I said, I would not mind having one, once they are readily available here at MSRP. I have always had a soft spot for "plug & play" TV game devices, so this is no different. lol
  4. I don't own one since it's not available in the NA market yet, and the "scalped" ones you can buy are vastly overpriced. You can a real Commodore 64 for the price the Maxi's are going for. lol That being said, I do own a C64 Mini, and while I do like it and play with it a lot, for me it's basically just a Commodore 64 "themed emulator". I picked it up on Amazon for under $30, so cheaper than a Raspberry Pi, and emulates almost everything I already do on Windows and my Pi 4. The C64 Maxi falls in the same category for me, just with a working keyboard. While I would not mind having one, that's not going to happen unless it's released here, and significantly cheaper. Since you really are just buying a themed emulator with a keyboard. In all reality, my knowledge of the Maxi mainly stems from David's Dec. 2019 video on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxx2F4ffmeE
  5. I'm only guessing.... But since Rygar was a dead warrior, risen to combat the evil facing his land. Maybe the east facing statues was a religious thing since it's a common practice in different religions when praying, because that's the direction where the Garden of Eden was said to have been planted. So I figured the devs used that direction becasue of that real world significance and would be recognized, perhaps as a symbol of hope or prosperity. Like I said though, that's only my own personal guess. I have never read anything about that. Or.... it could have just been nothing at all and just done for the sake of direction or some other trivial thing, such as making a cool "door" between levels.. haha Edit: Oh, and I changed my profile photo to better reflect my favorite console version of Strider. lol
  6. That was a pretty wicked "demo"! We've all seen the other projects over the years where people hooked up several floppy drives up to a computer and had them play different popular tunes. However, I honestly never thought of a 1541, or any other drive like it, in that same way. Nor to have anything running on the drives hardware instead of a computer. I mean, it makes sense now that I have seen that video, those drives were basically computers in and of themselves. Just for someone to take the time to figure it out and actually do it.... really cool!
  7. Oh yeah, while Strider on the NES was the first I ever played, it actually became my least favorite in the series. The later much more accurate arcade port on Genesis was so much better! Still, I like the NES version, it's still a good game in it's own right.
  8. I am almost sure I know this one! If I am correct, you seem to like many of the same games I do! This one is also a favorite of mine, and the NES was my first exposure to it. Company starting with a "T"? Character starting and ending with the same letter? Trying not to give it away. lol
  9. Seen these and thought they were funny.
  10. Yeah, it's an odd mod that's for sure, and does look like it was hobbled together from available materials when it was done. The reason I thought industrial was from past experience. I used to work for Coca Cola, many moons ago, and we had to use long extension cables to connect keyboards/displays/etc. to computers that were located outside the production room. Mainly for "add-on" or temporary equipment. The environment in the filler rooms was too humid and generally damp, even though they were air conditioned, for any hardware not sealed inside an environmentally controlled case, or otherwise designed for that environment. In some cases, we had to make our own cables or rig something up to solve a temporary problem. For a home user, I could totally see someone wanting to hide or move the spaghetti cable monster away from their desktop. All good ideas and observations.
  11. I found that right as I was getting ready to hop off and go to bed. Now that I have had more time to think about it, I do wonder why it was modified or if it was made for a specific use. Perhaps industrial, commercial, or could just be someones homebrew. I agree that it does not seem very "professional". I would like to see the inside and see how everything is soldered and mounted. Either way, even if it is just a mod, it's the first time I have seen a C64 setup that way. :)
  12. I always considered myself pretty knowledgeable when it came to the C64, but never claiming to be an expert by any means. That being said, in all my years, I never seen a C64 split into two parts. Never knew this existed. Anyone else seen these? Found one browsing eBay just now. https://www.ebay.com/itm/184915685522?hash=item2b0dd57092:g:4LIAAOSwnb1g3dC9 I would like to see this system. Not sure why, but it fascinates me. Edit: Added photos from auction since it will eventually be taken down after being sold and the link will no longer work.
  13. I believe we're talking about "The Bard's Tale". At least I hope so, or it's going to be a Picard Facepalm moment for me. Excellent game series! I'm currently replaying it, the remastered trilogy version. I had wanted it for some time now and it just went on sale in the 2021 Steam Summer Sale, discounted to $3.74. Totally worth it!
  14. Not sure if anyone is interested, but there are some great classics on Steam, and many are on sale at the moment for under $5 (many around $2). It's kind of nice seeing older games I used to love updated to run on modern operating systems. Deja Vu and Deja Vu II, MacVenture Series Indiana Jones Fate of Atlantis and Last Crusade Maniac Mansion Commander Keen Shadowgate MacVenture Series Bard's Tale Trilogy The Secret of Monkey Island Space Quest Collection Star Trek 25th Anniversary and Judgement Rights Tex Murphy Series Just to name...several. haha There are a lot.
  15. What I find funny is when they remake or remaster a game these days, even the one I think your clue is referring to, they almost always have two modes. "Modern" and "Original" difficulty. We look back wondering how we ever made it through some of the games we grew up on. Wait... You only get 3 lives? No continues!?!?! You have to start all the way back at the BEGINNING if you die!?!?! Mile long passwords... Hoping you wrote it down correctly.... Entering them with a controller... That sudden feeling of dread when you click start and it says it's incorrect... Then frantically looking for your mistake, hoping you just entered something wrong. Hand drawn maps all over your walls for whatever game you happened to be playing at that time, and your parents wondering about your odd taste in artwork. Notes all over your desk describing actions you took, items you needed, and what things did. Jumping from platform to platform, over spikes or some other form of instant death, spaced at your max jumping range, while being hit by enemies that knock you back upon contact. Get to the end of the game and ... Nothing ... It just starts over. If you're lucky you get a "Thanks for playing!" The game has no end! It just gets harder and harder until you die. You did it for the high score?!?!?! Yep! One of my all time favorites on computer based games. "Unable to read disk". Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!! The memories!
  16. Yes I am! Oh yeah, I would not have the time and/or patience these days to do it "old school", mapping it out on paper as I go. One of those "good times memories" I don't care to relive.
  17. I know this one! I love this series! But I want to give others the chance to guess. Or at least, I am 98% sure. For me, I first played it on the C64, and later on the NES, MS-DOS, and I am currently playing it on Windows as I take sips from my mug. I literally just bought the remastered original trilogy on Steam a couple days ago, it's on sale for under $5, worth every penny! .. Again!
  18. I can't seem to stop... I love these Raspberry Pi cases from RetroFlag! The GeeekPi kits are nice, they add a fan and some heatsinks, as well as a carrying/storage bag. Normally, they are either the same price as the standalone case from RetroFlag, or just a couple dollars more. Either way, for around $20, they are worth it in my opinion. Though, my poor little desk is getting pretty cluttered. lol Do I NEED this one? Not really, but I have a Pi 3B+ that needs a home...so.... Also, this NESPi case is a bit smaller than the MegaPi case my other 3B+ is in, so it will fit into my travel case better, not so tight. But now I want to try their SNES case too....
  19. Yeah, there are actually several. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bomberman_video_games I have since added several to my C64 Mini. There is even an MSX version where they tried Bomberman in a 3D world. Yeah, he has had some changes, been both "Human" and robot. I agree, that was a silly name and I have no idea why they decided to rename it for the European market. haha Another fun fact about Bomberman I didn't give as a clue becasue I thought it would make it too easy to figure out... Bomberman is in Lode Runner! Yeah, this is one of those games that has a pretty neat history.
  20. You're correct! Bomberman, again, one of my all time game series. https://bomberman.fandom.com/wiki/Bomberman_(series) It got it's start as a tech demo in 1980, and was released on the NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001 MKII, Fujitsu FM-7, Sharp MZ-700, Sharp MZ-2000, Sharp X1 and MSX computers before hitting the Famicom in 1985 and NES in 1987. Spawning a huge list of sequels, spin-off's, and clones spanning over 3 decades. Fun fact #1: In Europe, you may have known the game as "Eric and the Floaters" on the ZX Spectrum and MSX! It was "graphically modified", but really close to the original NEC PC version. Fun fact #2: The first Commodore Clone was known as "Blow It!, released in 1986, with several others to follow over the years. Time to go play some more Bomberman! I have been playing it a lot lately when I am bored.
  21. All very good guesses, and great games in their own right, but incorrect. Will add more clues tomorrow.
  22. That's one thing I always agree on, my biggest gripe looking back, was backwards and cross platform compatibility. Just about everything back then was proprietary, nothing was really compatible with anything else. You basically either had to pick one platform and stick with it and hope it survived, or have deep pockets to buy multiple machines. Thankfully, many good games and software packages were ported to different popular platforms, but that was really band-aid in my opinion. I can't even count the number of time I heard of people buying the wrong version of something for the system they owned. The next big key to success was "standardization", followed by quality control. Nintendo did it for consoles and it made them rich. IBM was already rich and powerful and had good standardization and QA becasue that was simply a fact of the corporate and industrial worlds. Microsoft did it, and they basically took over the planet (all be it by shady means IMHO, but that's a different argument). I have been a hardware man most of my life, software always came second, but standardizing an OS to work on the most readily available hardware at the time, was something that needed to happen. I just wish Commodore had gotten on that bus much earlier. In fact, to this day, even though I love Apple as a company, and think they make excellent products! I don't actually use any of their products becasue I have a dislike for closed ecosystems. I go on and on about QA and standardization, and Apple did it wonderfully, but the world has a standard now (perhaps an evil one), but it's there and a vast majority of the worlds software is designed for it. Apple kinda reminds me of the 1980's when nothing was compatible with anything else and everything had to be ported. That's why I stick to Windows based machines these days. I do love and play with Linux in various forms, but it's an open platform, and I am huge supporter of open source these days when it comes to my modern hardware.
  23. I got another one, the problem is, it's pretty well known, so how to word it so it's not obvious.... * This game got it's start as a tech demo for a companies BASIC compiler, and saw limited release in the early 1980's in Japan. * The games premise was very simple, but also very addictive (at least it was for me). No real story, just simple fun gameplay. * The game gained in popularity when it was ported to the Famicom, and a couple years later, released outside of Japan on the NES. * The original game was ported to over a dozen different platforms, mostly computers of the 1980's such as the ZX Spectrum, MSX, Sharp X1, and more. It was later ported to other consoles and handhelds as time went on. * Like any good game, it spawned several different sequels and versions, well over 50 in fact. Spanning the last 30+ years, across just about every platform you can think of. It also has a huge list of spin-offs and clones that are not nearly as well known. Several such clones made it to the Commodore 64! * Lastly, the game was re-released in the early 1990's to several different platforms before it's sequel was released.Including the Commodore Amiga, Turbografx-16/PCE, MS-DOS, and the Atari ST. I really can't give any visual clues, it would give it away pretty quickly. Also... it's one of my favorite all time "time killer" games.
  24. I'm going to keep it simple and not really get into the tech specs or what specific features or hardware I think they should have used in what system. There are a lot of good ideas floating around in this thread already. Basically, if I had somehow landed in that role in 1984, I would have done everything in my power to do what Jack was doing. I mean, he basically made Commodore into a powerhouse it was back then, he knew what he was doing and he did it very well. I am a firm believer in "If it isn't broke, don't fix it", and Jacks vision of Commodore was far from broken. That being said, if they had stayed on that track and Gould would not have had something different in mind on how to run the Company, Jack probably would have not left and the world of home computing may have looked a bit different than it does today. If they had kept the Plus 4 as cheap as it was originally intended, kept on innovating and improving their products to not only compete with the competition, but offer something better, and kept the pricing competitive, I think Commodore would have survived. The same goes for Workbench, it was a great OS, and while I still believe Windows would have still taken over the world, there is a really good chance we would see Commodore machines today, somewhat like Mac's, running their over custom Workbench OS. But of course, hindsight is 20/20. It's still fun to speculate.
  25. Funny thing... I was playing around on the "Wayback Machine" and stumbled across a photo list I had made about my ADAM computer, right after I got it. I had it posted on a blog I no longer have. Long before I had given up on it. lol Kind of wish I still had it to restore and play with, it was already in good physical condition, just too much to keep going with that PSU in the printer.... Figured I would share it!
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