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2006 AtariAge Holiday Sale and Toyshop Trouble Cart Giveaway!

Our friends over at AtariAge have incredible online store deals for the Atari VCS 2600 and Atari 7800 Pro System going on now. Check out the new homebrew stuff! Information below:

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A Bright New Year for the ZX81 and Timex Sinclair 1000/1500!

ANDRE brings us the latest of his regular updates for the world of ZX81 and Timex Sinclair 1000/1500 fans:

NEW EMULATORS:
New ZX81 emulator for the Nintendo DS! Yes, Nintendo DS owners can now

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Latest Updates for ZX81/Sinclair/Timex 1000 Enthusiasts

Timex Sinclair 1000Andre' brings us his regular updates for ZX81/Sinclair/Timex 1000 users:

What's new ?

NEW emulator for the ZX81! The emulator PSPZX81 v1.0.2 for the
Sony PSP machine is available at
http://zx81.zx81.free.fr/serendipity. Welcome PSP owners to the world
of the Sinclair ZX81 and the Timex/Sinclair TS1000.

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RobotBooks.com Updates Featuring Lego Mindstorms NXT and BattleKits

Lego Mindstorms NXT Robot CreationBoy, the Lego Mindstorms NXT is looking cooler and cooler. I still have the original kit and won't be getting this one for quite some time until I break the seal on that one, but this one sure looks great for those who don't already have something like this or want something especially hardcore.

From the RobotBooks.com Newsletter:

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RobotBooks.com Newsletter – November 21, 2006
Robot Kits, Robot Books, Robot Toys
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New Altair 8800 Kit Available

Altair 8800 ReplicaAltair 8800 ReplicaGrant Stockly has announced the culmination of an ambitious project to create perfect replicas of the infamous Altair 8800 -- widely considered to have officially kicked off the home computer revolution with the 1975 advertisement for the kit in Popular Electronics and relative buying spree it elicited. It's a switch-based computer with no display other than LED lights -- all programming was done by flipping switches on the front panel, with the big advantage being that you were programming the system about as directly as possible. Of course it established what came to be known as the S-100 bus (for expansion cards with 100 pin connectors) that could greatly expand the system's capabilities, from alternate input and output methods to various storage and subsequent OS integration (most popularly, CP/M). The S-100 bus standard lasted from the mid-1970's through to the early 1980's when more user friendly systems began to become more prevalent and powerful. Of course the Altair 8800 also begat many clones, including the more capable IMSAI 8080, released only about six months later and featured (in a greatly expanded form) in the popular 1983 movie, War Games, starring Matthew Broderick.

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Sid Meier's Original Railroad Tycoon Available for Free!

Today 2K has released the original Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon for FREE! Travel back in time to 1990 to see how Sid created an innovative gameplay experience that has evolved into this month's release of Sid Meier's Railroads! for the PC. The 15MB Railroad Tycoon download includes the full game, manual, reference cards, etc. The game is available at www.sidmeiersrailroads.com and www.2kgames.com.

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48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum Compatibility Cartridge for the Timex Sinclair 2068

In what is surely good news for those of us with Timex Sinclair 2068's, an entirely new production run of Sinclair ZX Spectrum Compatibility cartridges are being made available by Jarek Adamski. This is the number one most sought after add-on for Timex Sinclair 2068 users, as there never was an official US release of the emulator, only in Portugal. The US-based Timex Sinclair 2068, as a follow-up to the Timex Sinclair 1000 and 1500, was a fairly nice system, but didn't last long before Timex pulled out of the market and was mostly incompatible with the computer that it was based off of and to which it exceeded in capabilities, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. By adding a compatibility cartridge (some performed an internal modification), you can open up the world of the majority of software for the 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum, which rivaled the Commodore 64 in terms of software depth and breadth in England, but never saw release in the US. While a comparatively underpowered specification, the 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum was and still is well loved by a huge population of users. The only real incompatibilities - a very small number - arise when Spectrum software tries to check for or utilize peripherals, such as joysticks, whose ports are at entirely different locations on each system. Of course this does not make the system compatible with the 128K version of the UK Spectrum, which itself matched and exceeded most of the features of the US Timex Sinclair 2068.

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New Commodore 64-centric Website Offering Modern Hardware and Accessories

It's always good to have many sources for purchasing new Commodore-related projects. While the Amiga has a great resource, here, Marco sends word of a similar Website that focuses mostly on the C-64:

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Armchair Arcade Affiliation with ACT LABS

For those interested, we now have a new affiliation with ACT LABS, creators of hardcore computer gaming peripherals. We'll post deals and special offers as they come in!

Check out ACT LABS for hardcore mouse, racing, flight and light gun computer peripherals:

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Play-Asia Affiliation for Armchair Arcade

In order to replace the void left by our affiliation with the now defunct Lik-Sang, we have entered into a relationship with Play-Asia. You can check it out under our "Merchandise and Special Offers" section or try it out below:

  Play-Asia.com - Buy Video Games for Consoles and PC - From Japan, Korea and other Regions!

Search affiliate Play-Asia for great deals on Videogame and Computer Hardware, Software and Accessories!

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