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VECFU (Vec-Fu) One-on-One Fighting Game Demo for GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex Now Available for Download!

VECFU Screenshot from Emulator: www.vectrex.nlVECFU Screenshot from Emulator: www.vectrex.nlThanks to www.vectrex.nl for the heads-up on, details about and download for the demo for VECFU (Vec-Fu), a one-on-one fighting game for the GCE/Milton Bradley Vectrex (and related emulators). As Vectrex fans know, a game type such as this has yet to grace the suprisingly versatile and unique vector platform, so this is exciting news. I can't wait to download this and play it on my real Vectrex, as superficially anyway, it looks amazing!

And the story, such as it is:

The evil Daimyo and his minions have laid Waste to your temple and killed off all of the other monks while you were away in another province, and now you are on to get your revenge. First off you have to fight against the daimyos champions of martial arts, before you can face the evil one himself.

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Cottonwood BBS - Now on Color 64! Last C-64 BBS in America?

Cottonwood BBS Headquarters: C-64, multiple disk drives, CMD hard drive, etc.Cottonwood BBS Headquarters: C-64, multiple disk drives, CMD hard drive, etc.Thanks to The Vintage Computer forums for the heads-up via Andrew's (aka Balzabaar) posting on the Cottonwood BBS. Apparently Andrew still has set up what could quite possibly be the last active Commodore BBS in America and recently updated it Color 64 v7.37, which allows for very visual client displays with the right software on the person's computer who's dialing in. While according to Andrew's Website there's a way to access the site via PC, obviously this is designed for access with a real Commodore 64 (C-64) and either 300 or 1200 baud modem. The nice thing is that you can even download the terminal software directly from the Website (and get it to your real C-64 any of the typical ways).

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YOOGOR Released for the ZX81 and Timex Sinclair 1000 / 1500 (16K)

YOOGOR Screenshot: 16K ZX81, Timex Sinclair 1000/1500YOOGOR Screenshot: 16K ZX81, Timex Sinclair 1000/1500This one looks real good for all users of the ZX81 and Timex Sinclair 1000/1500:

"YOOGOR" is an all-graphic, all-animation adventure game featuring Yoo in his first major role. You have previously seen him in "ZXOKO-BAN" and "IZXOLA". If not, go and download the games.

The aim of the game is to guide Yoogor to his lost shield and to bring him back with his shield to his castle. There are 4 major difficulties to do that, 1) the constant threat of falling, 2) the secret of gates opening, 3) the selection of the safest path to go ahead and, 4) the various traps along the way.

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One Paragraph Short Stories - Every Submission in One Post

A little while back I had asked everyone to participate in a little off-topic idea based around the concept of "One Paragraph Short Stories". We received six total submissions, re-posted here all at once in reverse order in their final versions for your reading convenience. Enjoy and thanks! (NOTE: If there are any "last minute" entries, I'll be happy to add them in)

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Virtual Apple 2 Browser Emulator and ROM Repository Now Supports Firefox! (Apple II, IIgs)

Hardball on the Apple IIgsHardball on the Apple IIgsBill Martens, who runs the superb "Virtual Apple 2 - Online disk archive" has informed me that the site now supports Firefox. Previously the Website only supported Internet Explorer. For those not familiar with the Website, it allows you to play Apple II and IIgs games directly in your browser. No fuss, no muss, and it's fairly configurable to boot. As a bonus, the site also gives you access to the ROM images for use in another emulator or for transfer to your real Apple system. While my preferred way is to of course play these games on the real hardware, nothing beats the immediacy of a well functioning browser-based emulator that already has the ROMs, as it's invaluable for quick reference and screenshot captures. Check it out at http://www.virtualapple.org/.

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Legendary Game Archon Set to Return?

Archon's Amazing Box Cover Art: From WikipediaArchon's Amazing Box Cover Art: From WikipediaAh, Archon for 8-bit computers, besides having one of the greatest videogame covers of all time on the famous Electronic Arts album format, was nearly a perfect blend of strategy and action. It's almost like a chess/checkers combination, but where the pieces battle for control of squares in fast action arcade style combat. The game was arguably best on the Atari 8-bit computers and Commodore 64 (C-64), but it was released on many other platforms of the day, including the Atari XEGS (same as the Atari 8-bit version, just on cartridge) and NES consoles. While the game spawned a sequel, Archon II: Adept, in a short amount of time, that *gasp*, tried a totally different angle, it didn't have the same magic as the original. In fact, that would be a problem with other off-shoots and inspired-by's on various platforms, they just didn't capture the same feel as on the Atari 8-bit or C-64 for whatever reason.

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Submit your one paragraph short stories!

Deviating from all the great videogame, computer and technology talk that Armchair Arcade is known for for just a little bit longer and inspired by Matt's excellent and recently posted short story, "Jumpman", as well as Wired magazine's similarly recent and clever idea to have famous writers write short stories made up of just a little more than half a dozen words, I thought it would be neat if we could do sort of the same thing here, except this time make the rules be that you need to tell your short story in a single paragraph. While I am a fan of the short story, I must admit that the last time I wrote anything resembling a short story was back in 1994, with my works, "Words" and "Go West Young Man (or Doomsday 24)", and only then for a college class. Great experiences, but it's high time that I did some "fun" writing like that again other than technology-related or essays. So before I whine again about not having time and getting to this after the "book is finished", I figured I could take a few minutes to come up with a truly short short story or two.

I'll post my first one paragraph short story as a comment to this blog post soon. It would be great if you all could do the same. Bonus points for making it videogame or computer related, particularly classic, but really, anything goes. Have fun and be sure to participate, even if you think you're not a very good writer, as the key word is FUN!

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ZX81/TS1000 News for February 2007 (Sinclair, Timex)

Alien Mind for the ZX81/Sinclair/Timex Computers (16K)Alien Mind for the ZX81/Sinclair/Timex Computers (16K)Thanks again to "ANDRE***" for the heads-up (I hope he'll start selling some of these on real media soon!) on the latest happenings in the world of the ZX81/Timex Sinclair 1000:

The first program of 2007 is.... not from ANDRE*** but from
Xavsnap. "TRAIN RUSH" is available at http://zx81.ordi5.free.fr/.
It is a fast arcade game in which you must cross the USA from east to
west.

"http://www.ts1000.us" has extended the program contest for
another year to include the celebrations for the 25 years of the
Timex-Sinclair TS1000, the ZX81 American cousin. Let's go programmers!

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Commodore: Protovision Updates for January 2007 (English and German)

The latest Protovision update is below:Commodore 128: Photo: Bill LoguidiceCommodore 128: Photo: Bill Loguidice

(German version below)

CBMIMAGER UPDATED
CBMImager for Windows by Uncle Tom and Doc Bacardi of The Dreams has been updated recently. This is a tool to edit disk images. D64 and DFI images are fully supported while there is read-only access to HD images.
For those who do not know: DFI is a custom disk archive format used by the DreamLoad plugin for MMC64. While a D64 is limited to 171 KB, a DFI image can be of unlimited size in theory. Furthermore the DFI format supports subdirectories.

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New Vectrex Wrap Available!

Thanks to [www.vectrex.nl] for the heads up on a new wrap (skin) project for GCE/Milton Bradley's Vectrex that utilizes imagery from the popular homebrew games YASI and Protector.

I got on the pre-order list by contacting Michele Fiori via e-mail at his Website. For around $25, this limited production collectible will not only look great on your system, but no doubt also become quite valuable down the line. Sign up now as orders will start shipping soon.

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