Data Age Mindscape FlexiDisc - Woah! Trippy man!

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From the awesome Digital Press forums (which if your into Classic gaming is a must!)
http://www.digitpress.com/index.htm

Description from their archives:

Publisher: Data Age

Scarcity: 7

$25 (L)oose or (C)omplete: L

Description: A seriously psychedelic videogame record that was available through Data Age. Plugging their products with hammy actors and actresses, you might get an idea of what the games were about, but certainly not their poor quality. Classic line from this record: "The hatch key....got...to...find...the hatch key". Collector's: don't go looking in the 45 RPM section for this one - it's on a flexi-disc with cardboard backing, like the kinds you used to get in cereal boxes in the 70's.

From the Digital Press "Classic" Guide.

http://www.digitpress.com/dpsoundz/mp3.htm
http://www.digitpress.com/dpsoundz/mp3/mindscape.mp3

Data Age Info FROM ATARIAGE:

http://www.atariage.com/company_page.html?CompanyID=5

Videogame critic reviews:

http://www.videogamecritic.net/2600uz.htm#Warplock
http://www.videogamecritic.net/2600aa.htm#Airlock
http://www.videogamecritic.net/2600ss.htm#Sssnake
http://www.videogamecritic.net/2600bb.htm#Bugs
http://www.videogamecritic.net/2600de.htm#Encounter_at_L5

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Bill Loguidice
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I saw these on eBay not too

I saw these on eBay not too long ago. I put in a half-hearted bid. I'm not sure they're still worth $25 per the guide. Some of the Data Age games are used as examples of poor/derivative games that hurt the industry in our documentary. They had a few gems, but most of the Data Age games were garbage.

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Rob Daviau
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Agreed, I just thought this

Agreed, I just thought this Flexidisc is an interesting piece of memorabilia of videogame history.
As for value I just posted what was listed, I take such things with a grain of salt, to me it is only worth whatever someone is willing to pay.
I mentioned in the video that the games were pretty bad, I figured a lot of people may of never seen or even heard of a flexidisc so a videogame related one was perfect to make a video on, according to the comments on youtube that seems to be the case.

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Rowdy Rob
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How rare were these things?

I never saw these Data Age flexidiscs before, but I was overseas during that era. From what MaximumRD said in his video, it sounded like these things were easily obtainable at the time.

I had a friend who had a Frankenstein-oriented game, although the name of the game escapes me at the moment, but all I recall about it is that it was by Data Age. It didn't look like that bad of a game. Unless it was the best Data Age game they ever did, it didn't seem to me that Data Age was that bad! Although the Flexidisc record was probably more inspired than all their games put together!

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Bill Loguidice
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Frankenstein's Monster, and

Frankenstein's Monster, and it pretty much is universally considered their best (by far), though like many companies, they were showing signs of overall improvement before they went out for good: http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?SoftwareID=1030

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Wow what a strange artifact!

Wow what a strange artifact! I thought it might have an actual game on it that you load into the computer... such a thing does exist, apparently ("Thompson Twins Adventure")

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I agree
Catatonic wrote:

Wow what a strange artifact! I thought it might have an actual game on it that you load into the computer... such a thing does exist, apparently ("Thompson Twins Adventure")

Yeah, they definitely exist. I'd love to get a hold of one of those games/demos on an album, but most of those are from the UK, naturally. I bet it would be tough to load, as the old records that I have don't play that great, and I could imagine it being even fussier than a tape drive because of it.

I have one of those machines that records directly from record or tape to CD, so I've been meaning to try something like that (game audio data to CD). I mostly want to use it to back up tapes, though.

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