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Dino Run SE Free until 10.10.2011

From the Site: Dino Run SE is a retro-styled, action-packed prehistoric racing game that can be played by yourself or with up to 3 other players in many different multiplayer levels. This new version is an update and expansion of the original web game.

Basically, Dino Run SE is a retro style platformer where you take on the role of a dinosaur trying to outrun the fiery apocalypse caused by the shockwave of a large meteor impact. The debris cloud is always just a few feet behind you... run like mad, catch a ride from a pterodactyl, eat up smaller creatures.. time your jumps to go from hilltop to hilltop.

Even though the website claims the offer is only good until Oct. 9th.. This finely tuned indie classic is actually available for free until Oct. 10th. So head over soon and grab a copy before this promotion expires. (Click Buy Now and enter Free for your price)

BTW: You also get the games soundtrack for free when you download the game.

You can also play the original web based flash game here to get an idea of the gameplay.

Enjoy.

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Mini 1541 SD drive

Here's an interesting item that was just posted on the Commodore Server user blogs.. a member named Rik Magers recently picked up one of Jim Brain's uIEC flash drives for the Commodore 64. He took things a step farther when he noticed that the alarm box for his door actually resembled a miniature CBM 1541 disk drive.

So whats a geek to do? Well, sacrifice the poor defenseless alarm sensor in order to bring back some long lost computing memories, of course! Nostalgia is a powerful motivator. The recent passing of such luminaries as Steve Jobs perhaps makes us cling to the these early memories of computing nirvana even more tightly than we normally do.

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Three for the Road: April 17th, 2011

Three for the Road[ APR . 17 . 2011 ]
 

Three for the Road: 03.27.2011

Greetings folks! Welcome to the April 17th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. This week we take a look at a few more indie PC gems that are sure to entertain you for a while. This edition also marks the first time I am posting the games with GigaTribe download links in addition to the standard web-based download links. For years I've been trying to find a file sharing (P2P) package that I liked and GigaTribe comes closest to what I've been looking for.

Ultimately, I'm thinking of getting a P2P network established for fans of indie/classic gaming. So if you'd like to join, send an invite (from GigaTribe) to Mythran42 and we'll see if we can turn this grass roots effort into something larger. :-)

Note: The GigaTribe links download straight from my laptop PC.. so whether it's online or not will dictate the availability of the files.

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Three for the Road: March 27th, 2011

Three for the Road[ MAR . 27 . 2011 ]
 

Three for the Road: 03.27.2011

Greetings folks! Welcome to the March 27th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road.

This week we take a look at a retro style platform game where you try to save the dinosaurs from extinction.. a shoot'em up where music plays an integral role in the gameplay.. and a recent scene re-release for the venerable Commodore 64.

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Three for the Road: March 20th, 2011

Three for the Road[ MAR . 20 . 2011 ]
 
 03.20.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the March 20th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. Sorry for the lack of updates the last couple of weeks but my schedule has just been crazy.

Anyway, I'm back this week with a few more indie games for you to check out. First up we have a new port of a shoot'em up- this time for the venerable Amstrad CPC. Next, we take a look at a new Atari 2600 game with possibly the most horrid storyline since Custer's Revenge. Finally, we look at a shoot'em up that takes on the sensitive topic of bigotry as portrayed by squares and circles.

Great stuff!

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Micro Adventurer (Magazine) Part 1


It's time for another influx of retro gaming magazines... This time we have a short lived UK gaming magazine called Micro Adventurer. The series was put out by Sunshine Books and featured a mere seventeen issues between November 1983 and March 1985. Still, it's a great bit of gaming nostalgia and certainly worth adding to your collection.

This is the first eight issues in Comic Book Reader <.cbr> format. So, if you don't already have a viewer.. now's the time to grab one. You can also try ComicRack... some people seem to prefer it instead. It's the iTunes of the comic reader world (read: bloated and slow) ;).

Enjoy,
-Chip

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VICE Emulator updated to v2.3

VICE Emulator

The VICE Commodore emulator has recently been updated to v2.3, although this is not currently reflected on their main page.

Some of the notable enhancements in this release include: Improvements to the disk-drive emulation (including weak bit emulation), a new reSID version, a new accurate C64 emulator (x64sc), CRT emulation (formerly “PAL emulation” Now available in all emulators), added "True aspect ratio" option, an improved ML monitor (io details, expansion port status, etc), improved CIA interrupt accuracy (6526/6526A selectable), sound buffer overflows reduced, VIA wrap handling rewritten to fix problems with timer 2, added autostart option to do "LOAD ,8" instead of "LOAD ,8,1", emulation improvements based on photographs of the actual chips and new v364 speech emulation for the 264 emulator.

You can download the updated binary packages from their SourceForge page.
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Three for the Road: February 27th, 2011

Three for the Road[ FEB . 27 . 2011 ]
 

Three for the Road: 02.27.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the February 27th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. This week, I take a look at an eleven year old DOS based BBS door-game which has only recently been released to the public.. albeit, reworked as a single-player or local multi-player ANSImation RPG. We take a look at a minimalistic platforming game with destructible environments which turns out to be much more fun than it first appears. Finally, we take a look at a classic point-and-click style adventure game with a high attention to detail. If you're a fan of classic Sierra or LucasArts adventures then this may be just what you're looking for.
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Big K (Vintage UK gaming magazine)

Big K magazine was a short lived multiformat video game magazine that was active in the U.K. from April 1984 to March 1985. It was published by IPC Magazines Ltd and was edited by the late Tony Tyler.

One of the projects that I've had on the back burner for a while, was to begin to organize my collection of vintage gaming magazines and post them online so that others could access them. Big K is the first magazine series to go live... Mainly because it's a short series (testing the waters to see if there's interest), but also because it's somewhat obscure and many of you may not have encountered it before.

If there's interest in seeing other vintage gaming periodicals posted then let me know. But for now, let's enjoy some vintage gaming journalism!

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Three for the Road: February 20th, 2011

Three for the Road[ FEB . 20 . 2011 ]
 
 02.20.2011Greetings folks! Welcome to the February 20th, 2011 edition of Three for the Road. This week I take a look at a couple of new releases for the Commodore 64, with a remake of a fantastic Pac-Man clone.. as well as a brand new action / platformer, set aboard various star ships in the depths of space. Wooo! We also take a look at a unique arena / tube shooter which has been taken off active sale and is now being given away for free.
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