The Goodnight Gamer - Episode 1 - Parts 1 through 4

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Well, it's been quite some time since I've bothered doing any on camera work (2004 to be exact) and I was kind of itching to do something a bit different again, so I came up with the idea for "The Goodnight Gamer", where, late at night, after my family goes to sleep (and already in my "jammies"), I go downstairs and do quick 10 minute or less episodes covering all kinds of (mostly vintage) videogame and computer content, much like Armchair Arcade itself. This first episode breaks that rule by being much longer than 10 minutes (hence being broken down into four parts), but was necessary to provide the baseline tour of the "facility". The idea is to have fun and knock these out quick - in one take - with minimal editing and post processing from a cheap flash memory-based pocket camcorder. I'll of course refine the concept over time. Enjoy and I'd love to hear feedback (bad and good). Thanks! [Note: I had to use Revver this time due to exceeding 10 minutes, but I'll get it down for the next episode so it also fits YouTube]

Episode 1, Part 1 (of 4):

Episode 1, Part 2 (of 4):

Episode 1, Part 3 (of 4):

Episode 1, Part 4 (of 4):

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Matt Barton
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Wow, this is a lot more than

Wow, this is a lot more than 10 minutes, Bill. :) Thanks for the tour of your infamous basement! I really hope you do the segment you mentioned about fitness games, that sounds wonderful. The quality here seems good, too. I didn't have any problem hearing you. Everything was clear except for a few shots of stuff in dark corners, but that's to be expected.

As I've often stated, it's downright criminal that we don't live closer together. It boggles the mind to think of the collaborative projects we could do if we could meet up more often.

I'm not a public speaker either, but there is some crossover with writing in the professions (esp. when we discuss making professional presentations). I don't claim to be an expert, but if you want feedback, I can offer a few brief suggestions. One thing I'd avoid is dissing your effort or tech (i.e., "This camera is poor," etc.) Leave that for the audience to decide; heck, I wouldn't even have noticed or thought that at all. I see no reason to be negative or apologetic for anything; if they don't want to watch, they can just click it off. :)

It might also be fun to see you or your family members actually playing the games. I don't know if that's possible with the current setup, but it'd be fun to watch. I'm sure you guys must have a blast with all that gear. Would Christina be willing to help out, perhaps? She could demonstrate the technology while you talked about it.

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Matt Barton wrote:

I'm not a public speaker either, but there is some crossover with writing in the professions (esp. when we discuss making professional presentations). I don't claim to be an expert, but if you want feedback, I can offer a few brief suggestions. One thing I'd avoid is dissing your effort or tech (i.e., "This camera is poor," etc.) Leave that for the audience to decide; heck, I wouldn't even have noticed or thought that at all. I see no reason to be negative or apologetic for anything; if they don't want to watch, they can just click it off. :)

Absolutely, but it's more for setting expectations and what the situation is more than anything. I kind of like to provide the reason why I do things, then I don't have to mention it again. With all of this prelim stuff out of the way, I can go to the intended format now.

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It might also be fun to see you or your family members actually playing the games. I don't know if that's possible with the current setup, but it'd be fun to watch. I'm sure you guys must have a blast with all that gear. Would Christina be willing to help out, perhaps? She could demonstrate the technology while you talked about it.

I've thought about that and may very well do it at some point. I want to keep these quick and casual though, so that would probably be a one-off type of program.



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Thanks!

Hey Bill,

This looks like a cool segment. I loved the tour. I always loved your first video of the Atari games you reviewed back in 2004. Hopefully we won't have to wait 4 years again for another video from you :) .

Glad to see Armchair Arcade still covering classic games/hardware. I really have to hand it to you guys for sticking with it for so long.

I miss the discussions we used to have on Monroeworld in it's heyday. The Monroeworld forums still has some old timers there. For the most part though the focus has changed to modern gaming on the 360/Wii/DS. Not that I am complaining. I just miss the old days sometimes.

Anyway. I know I suck for not coming here as much as I should. I will try to be a better friend to Armchair Arcade in the future.

Keep up the good work guys!

- Eric (aka number6/entexman)

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I finished up watching the

I finished up watching the final episode last night. Excellent work, Bill! You have a fantastic collection, and it's awesome that you're taking the time to share it with us. :)

I miss the discussions too, #6. I used to look forward everyday to logging into Monroeworld and reading and writing on such a variety of topics. I think we had an outstanding group of guys there with shared interests; I'm certain that if we lived anywhere close to one another we'd have all been the best friends. I'm beginning to think that no technology is good enough for forums; you have to the people.

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Hi Matt

I agree we would most definitely be close friends and hang out when time permitted if we all lived closer. At least we can communicate with each other with websites like Armchair Arcade. There has been some talk about having an east coast get together on Monroeworld lately. I am not sure when that is going to happen though. I think some sort of get together of classic gamers on the east coast in the future would be fun myself. Maybe not this year, but in the near future hopefully.

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Excellent work Bill. Great

Excellent work Bill.

Great to see all those old platforms...

I actually used Epson HX-20s that formed part of a public library management system I worked on - we used those as terminals to issue and return books in some libraries with a plug-in bar-code reader. I wrote some of the BASIC software that worked in that environment and also software that allowed them to be used in mobile libraries in rural areas. The software in both cases interacted with COBOL software written (some of it by me too!) on DEC VAX hardware. Great times.

Would like to get a closer look at the Osborne and I thought I saw a dedicated Breakout console from Atari? Marvellous stuff.

Keep it coming...like #6 I have a cheek to turn up as rarely as I do but you're doing great work Bill

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Dust

Don't you have a dust problem with all those open shelves?

Humidity doesn't seem to be a "feature" of your cellar, however ;-)

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Don't you have a dust problem with all those open shelves?

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There is not a great deal of dust down there. I have an air filter/purifier in the office, which I rarely turn on, and one by the gym area/arcade area that is always on. It would be both cost prohibitive and probably space inefficient to have closed shelving, plus the simple fact that I like to see it all out. The only thing I'd prefer is not having gotten the plastic shelving and invested in more of the metal shelves, as those hold weight much, much better than the plastic ones do, which you can see buckling in some cases.

Speaking of dust, my piano black DLP HDTV and PS3 on the main floor are HORRIBLE dust magnets - or, at the very least, show dust the most. It's stunning how awful they get in only a few days.



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I remember what a big deal

I remember what a big deal it was when I finally got to meet Bill after years and years of being good friends online. No matter how much you talk online, it's better to meet someone in person. Especially when that person has Bill's collection!!! :)

I think a reasonable plan may be to try to meet at one of the big retrogaming conventions, or at least one that's in our basic region. I saw a page one time that had the big ones on it, and seems like there were some that would be good in-between zones. The only problem is that we'd probably be too busy doing the convention stuff to hang out.

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Very nice basement - If only I had the space

Bill, I am absolutely flabbergasted with what you have done in your basement. I would love to see more Goodnight - gamer videos in the future. Just hands on stuff. With the free-video services out there perhaps the other AA editors could have their own 'shows'. But I would love to be able to visit your basement sometime. Those video come pretty darn close though!

I am re-acquiring several older computer systems - I am given quite a few things as well. I am in the process of getting myself a complete Vic20 setup with drive, programs, ram expansion, cartridges, joysticks. I am planning on getting myself into that machine a little and perhaps even code a new singing and dancing demo in MC for it - like I did on the c64.
But I do lack the time and space to do the geeky things you do - but I would so much love to be able to do similar things. I will get more time and money at my disposal in a couple of months so perhaps I too will venture out into the retro-computer business a little more. Love the goodnight gamer title - as the 2nd part of the evening is indeed the best time of the day to do these things....

Goodnight Bill!

For me it's back to mowing the grass in France! Over there I do have more space but a chilling lack of electronic devices that house chips. Time for that to change!

Frankrijk - gras maaien is best leuk


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