1,001 Boxed Computer Games from the 1970's to Present - Requests for Reviews and/or Detailed Photos Taken!

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OK, it's not really 1,001 boxed computer games, it's actually 1,035 as of this writing by my best cataloging efforts (hopefully not missing more than a couple), but 1,001 has a certain literary ring to it... Here's the link. Anyway, this has taken me months of free time here and there to inventory. I just stuck to basics - Game, Platform(s), Publisher(s), Box Type (I winged that) and Genre (winged that too). This is ONLY boxed computer software - no videogames (consoles or handhelds), and only stuff that was commercially released (or at least appears to be). Inventorying my boxed videogame collection will take another long period of time independent of this. General photos of the computer software on their shelves, is here. Finally, the list of systems currently in my collection is here. A high percentage of those computer systems listed, both common and rare, have representation in my boxed software collection.

So, why do I bring this up? Simple. I'm taking requests. It's very important for me to share my collection in as many ways as possible and this is certainly one way to do it. Do you want to see photos of the box and insides? Would you like a review? Would you like a simple overview? Screenshots? It doesn't matter as I'll try to accommodate it in a structured, orderly manner. Of course, requesting something like Archon or Elite would be rather silly, since information on those is readily available and redundant--requests for coverage of common items really doesn't do anyone any good, does it? Let's try to make it interesting and useful for everyone.

Keep in mind that I have not verified if every boxed game is complete, including working software (or software at all). I may get a request and find that certain critical components are missing. Of course that will be half the fun of going through it all.

I have also chosen to not inventory games in regular CD jewel cases and games in regular cassette cases, even if that was how each was officially released. That would have been a bit too tedious and I would have had to account for too much. With that said, there are probably thousands more loose disks, cassettes and discs that are not part of this inventory and will not be part of this inventory (obviously some are just copies).

It's highly doubtful I'll be interested in selling off any part of my collection, with the obvious (and always) exception of duplicates, so those inquiries are welcome. Again, I'd have to check completion and working condition.

Whenever possible, I'll try to use video capture hardware to take screenshots for the best possible image. Certain classic systems aren't compatible with that method, so I'll have to use monitor photos in those cases. I also have a second video capture device coming that may help in some of the instances where the vintage hardware is not compatible with my current setup.

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Matt Barton
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I'd personally like to see

I'd personally like to see something down with Gortek and the Microchips. :)

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Matt Barton wrote:

I'd personally like to see something down with Gortek and the Microchips. :)

Are you familiar with that? I have both the VIC 20 and C-64 versions, and essentially it's to teach you how to program in BASIC. I remember the packaging very distinctly as a kid. As you know, I'm a fan of bookshelf packaging and clever cover art.



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I would also add 50 Mission

I would also add 50 Mission Crush. I came across that very interesting game in my research on Dungeons and Desktops, but it's woefully obscure despite a rather original premise and gameplay setup.

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Matt Barton wrote:

I would also add 50 Mission Crush. I came across that very interesting game in my research on Dungeons and Desktops, but it's woefully obscure despite a rather original premise and gameplay setup.

I've heard mixed things about it myself and visually it doesn't look like much from what I've seen. Definitely a good one to try. I'd also add Broadsides and Six Gun Shootout to the mix, as you don't get much cooler than the premise for either of those two either.

What specifically would you like to see? Box and manual shots? A quickie review with screenshots? Be specific!



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Specifics
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What specifically would you like to see? Box and manual shots? A quickie review with screenshots? Be specific!

I'd like to see it all, really. :) So many reviews ignore the importance of packaging, and with these early games it's especially critical. I also vaguely remember the Gortek packaging from childhood memories, but it's been so long it's only a sort of fog. Be neat to finally see what that was all about.

I did find a TV commercial for Gortek on the web. Very neat stuff.

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Update

Just a quick update... The boxed collection is now at 1,210 boxed computer titles (again, not counting videogame titles). Someone just requested some scans of the AD&D Treasure of Tarmin Mattel Aquarius manual, so I'll do that and also post it here either late tonight or tomorrow. Also, I've be leveraging this collection for the book that Matt and I are presently working on for Focal Press, much moreso than I will with the book after that for Hiive Books.



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fierman (not verified)
request for scan

Hello,

i stumbled on your site after searching the webs for a missing map i really would like.
I recently won an auction for "gettysburg: the turning point" by SSI (on c-64), but it was incomplete. I am missing the mapcard that went with the game.
If you could provide for a scan of this mapcard I would be most grateful. I don't think there is anything in my collection which could be of any interest for you, but you can always take a peek at:
http://squat.net/fierman/fierlist.html

thanks in advance!

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Send me an e-mail via "About

Send me an e-mail via "About Us", fierman.

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Attila (not verified)
Mac requests

MacWars Macintosh (Miles Computing), Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender Macintosh (Microprose)

Would like scans of package and docs and, if you're up to it, disk images of this software for upload to the Macintosh Garden.
http://www.macintoshgarden.org/
These unique titles have been abandoned for ages and have not been available for download anywhere. Even if you can only provide pics of the package contents it would be helpful.

Many thanks!

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I'm a fan of Macintosh

I'm a fan of Macintosh Garden, Attila. I'm not sure how to make disk images (though if you direct me to instructions, I'll try it), but send me an e-mail with where to send the images to (or links to the images) and I'll put it on my to-do list.

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