Order of Retrocomputing Appreciatives - CoG chapter


Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s Maybelline… aherm.

I would agree with you. For the PC, Warcraft 2 is in that category for me, along with Lemmings, Cannon Fodder, Desert Strike and the venerable Stunt Car Racer for the Amiga.

Oh yeah… care to list your inventory?


It’s 1 or 2 500s, a 1000 and either a 2000 or a 3000. I was the one in our computer club that took the plunge and proved the SCSI version of the Zip Drive would work on the Amiga. That was back when a 2GB SCSI drive was $400, so spending $200 on the drive with a 100 MB disc, then plunking down $20 per disc whenever I needed them was pretty attractive.

I forgot to list it, but on the C64 side is 1 or 2 of the SX-64s that Woodman wanted those many years ago.


Sweet :slight_smile: do you still use any of them?

If the machine to which you connected the Zip drive had built-in SCSI, it would most likely have been the 3000 - I don’t think the A2000 had SCSI on the backplane.


They’re all packed up right now. Maybe someday.


Decided to commence the little guy’s education a couple of weekends ago, with Pinball Fantasies and Turbo Lotus Challenge 2. He loved it.

Also fired up @Road_Rash the other night. Loved that as well (and I’d forgotten how fun it is).


Stephen Hackett has one of each colour CRT iMac. And, um…a few other old pieces of Apple hardware. https://512pixels.net/projects/apple-collection/


Very nice. Lots of interesting information about NeXT as well.

I would absolutely love a NeXT cube, simply because then I could tell people it’s “The Internet”.

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I really wish BeOS had survived.

Knew a guy in college who had an actual, factual BeBox. Put our crappy Intel systems to shame. Then they ported BeOS to x86 and it squeezed so much out of those systems that we never even imagined they could do.


BeOS kinda still lives. Only now it’s called Haiku and… well… put it this way, I don’t have it emulated…

…and I have a Mac Plus emulated, for just in case I want to play something silly :smiley:


I briefly ran BeOS for PowerPC back in… 1998? Got it so it could dial in to my college’s free dial-up service. Ran it off a Zip Disk, for some more archaeotech.


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I need to reply in this thread with my history but I’m road warrioring it this week so access is spotty. But I’ll get to it.


I reckon someone I knew once had one as well, but I’ve never seen one since.


Dark Castle, anyone?

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Meh, how did I miss this thread?

48k ZX Spectrum and Atari 2600 console here… (got the Atari somewhere, but the Speccy’s gone)


My dad bought the Atari 2600 console way back. Originally we had Combat and Video Olympics, but we expanded the library to include Haunted House, Dragster, and Pac Man.

Then I got the 48k ZX Spectrum. Nice little machine. The Hobbit, Adventure A, Doomdark’s Revenge, Tir na nog, Sorderon’s Shadow…

Upgraded to a 286 later, but upgraded that to an 386SX when OS/2 2.0 was released. Doom just ran fine on it, while windows 3.1 borked horribly.

OS/2 also was a great platform to learn the ropes of turbo pascal, turbo c and assembly language programming - all without having to reboot frequently, esp with assembler.

Shunned Win95 and 98,still prefer OS/2 to this day.


The game is the reason for my username. The picture below is myself about to play Road Rash 3D on a 3DO at The Midwest Gaming Classic back in 2011:


Probably needed a bit higher spec than a Plus, but one of my favorites even in the B&W Mac era was Spectre VR, an early quasi-FPS with vector graphics and an awesome manual that had a pretty cool cyberpunk story to set up the game.

Although it looks like my Mac Plus will be able to run some pretty modern games when finished. I’ll have to reinstall Bioshock, perhaps.

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Probably… but the original Spectre ran on the Plus. That was one of my faves as well.

It was pretty playable on the Plus/Classic but I remember taking the disk to someone’s house who had an LCII, and being amazed at how much better it ran. I should get it out again and run it on my LC630…


Just what was so special about the good old days? Was it due to the extra effort (waiting for 2 minutes or so for a 48k game to load) or having to fiddle around with bits and bobs?

Was great fun though. No viruses, malware or script kiddiots to mess up your fun.

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