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Apple II (2) News and Notes for December 2006

A2 News and Notes December, 2006

INDEX
* Don't Try This At Home!
* Letting Your Fingers Walk
* Software Source
* Apple Internet
* Up For A Challenge?
* Software News
* SignOff

-- Remember in school how fascinating it was to look at those "visible
people" cutaways of the human body, and what things looked like inside
you? Well, if you happen to have access to a high-powered x-ray machine

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Note to Enthusiasts: Intellivision Homebrew Development is Finally on the Rise

Same Game & Robots from IntelligentvisionFor a system line that sold over three (3) million consoles from 1980 - 1990, Mattel's (later INTV's) Intellivision has been woefully lacking in new homebrew developments compared even to some competin

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Feature Article: Defining Past and Present Game Genres

DEFINING PAST AND PRESENT GAME GENRES

Why past and present?  Certain game types, while still alive through the efforts of thousands of active hobby programmers, are no longer available in mainstream retail outlets and thus don’t knowingly exist to large portions of the game playing public.  Therefore, described in alphabetical order is what has been and what is still available.  Keep in mind, however, that one of the beauties of gaming is that many games don’t fit neatly into one specific category.  When example software titles are listed, only the publisher or developer is noted in parentheses, along with one of the systems or platforms the game appeared on.

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Feature Article: Defining Home Videogame, Computer and Handheld Eras

DEFINING HOME VIDEOGAME, COMPUTER AND HANDHELD ERAS

What is often lacking in casual discussion of eras or time periods when certain systems or types of technology dominated is an agreed upon definition of what these really encompassed.  Below is one attempt at defining the significance of eras in the key classifications of home videogames, computers

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Check out PlayFirst's "Believe in Santa - Sandy's Story" and "Holiday Bonus"

Just a heads-up for the holiday that you can check out PlayFirst's latest games any time on Armchair Arcade by going to "Special Offers" on our left hand menu and clicking on a link. That same information is below for easy reference. These games really are a blast and are also available for purchase. We'll keep you updated in this topic as new games are released. Be sure to check out the holiday themed "Believe in Santa - Sandy's Story" and "Holiday Bonus". Happy Holidays everyone!

Try out neo|classics such as Diner Dash and Chessmaster Challenge at PlayFirst now!
[ Action | Card | Puzzle | Strategy | Word | Macintosh | Web ]

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Check out the HYDRA, Game Console Starter Kit, XGS Systems, and the new Game Console Course

It may not be immediately clear what the XGameStation team offers, but they've been creating tremendous proprietary kit systems for a few years now that help interested hobbyists learn game hardware ins-and-outs and programming ins-and-outs from the ground up. Obviously this hearkens back to the old days when we really knew the architectures of our old 8-bit systems and could really maximize their performance if we were so inclined (and talented). Definitely check these folks and their many offerings out.

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Armchair Arcade Affiliation with Amazon.com

Armchair Arcade is proud to announce a partnership with Amazon.com to offer a full store and special deals to our readership. Look for more soon, but in the mean-time, check out the banner below, on the left menu under "Sponsored Links" or anytime under "Store" or "Special Offers" under the left-hand "your name" menu. Enjoy!

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Apple II (2) News and Notes for November 2006

A2 News and Notes November, 2006

INDEX
* A Fake Disk?
* Now Showing On An Apple II Near You!
* ...And How To View It
* Old Home New Service
* Apple Internet
* And Were Live!
* New Digs
* A Fake Disk?

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Microsoft Releases Robot Development Kit - Is a 1980's personal computer-like craze right around the corner?

From "What's New Now from Ziff Davis" Newsletter (commentary below the excerpt):
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2071091,00.asp

Microsoft seems to have won over skeptical robot developers with the release of its new Robotics Studio product. The product's pretty neat, it lets you program real robots, or virtual instantiations of them that live inside your PC. Even better, it's free to download and play with - you'll just pay when you actually use it to control an autonomous mechatron of your own design. Our story is chock full of details on how Microsoft won over the robotics community, what's new inside the software, and where to download it yourself, for free.

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GameTap Announces its first "Myst Online: Uru Live" Podcast and Official Companion Website

In the world of videogames, there are few times when something that failed has been given a second chance at success. GameTap has certainly done its part with not only bringing officially licensed emulation to PC users in the US, but also by taking on classic properties cast-off by their original publishers, such as "Sam & Max" and "Myst Online: Uru Live". It's the latter for which we have the latest press release, direct from GameTap. While I have the original game sent by a friend who used to work at Ubisoft, I never did get a chance to try it. I'm certainly not the biggest Myst fan out there, but I do have countless conversions of the original that started it all and this massively multiplayer version does seem intriguing and takes some of the best elements from the later games. As a GameTap subscriber myself, I'll definitely try to check this re-launch out.

The full press release follows:

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