Some Truly Miscellaneous Collection Photos (PC, MPT-03, C-64, Atari 2600, Mac, Vic-20, Stonekeep)

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Woot! recently had a deal on an 8GB Eye-Fi memory card that I took advantage of for the express purpose of no-brainer automatic photo uploads from my digital camera directly to my Flickr account, which I thought would provide a smoother and higher quality workflow than using my iPhone 4. As such, I set the Eye-Fi up last night and took some very casual photos. While the transfer process really didn't go well (I'll need to experiment a bit more), transferring only two photos correctly and requiring me to manually transfer the rest, the end result was still some photos of recent items in my collection that also happened to be in my staging area, which I decided to share below with some minor commentary so the initial work wouldn't be totally wasted. Enjoy:

 Krellan Commander (PC DOS) [front of box]
 Krellan Commander (PC DOS) [back of box]
Star Fleet II: Krellan Commander (PC DOS) | This is supposed to be a fairly dreadful sequel to the original, which itself is a take-off on the classic Star Trek starfleet battle games that were popular from the time mainframes were the only real option. I actually have many Star Trek/starfleet battle games in my collection and hope to do some type of retrospective on them at some future date. These games have appeared on nearly every computing platform ever and even some surprising consoles like the Atari 2600. I even play an excellent update of the concept on my iPad 2.

Circus (MG 318) for the Home Entertainment Centre MPT-03 [box front]
Circus (MG 318) for the Home Entertainment Centre MPT-03 | The back of this is actually completely blank, which I why I didn't bother to shoot it. Anyway, Circus is based on the arcade game (and really needs paddles) and the MPT-03 is a variation of the Arcadia 2001 class of consoles. There are overlays in the box, but they're completely unnecessary.

 Starfire and Fire One from Exidy (C-64) [box front]
 Starfire and Fire One from Exidy (C-64) [box back]
The Epyx Arcade Classics: Starfire and Fire One from Exidy (C-64) | Obviously these are both arcade translations, and even though they were made early on in the C-64's life, they're quite well done, though the originals were quite modest. Obviously Starfire was a Star Wars movie rip-off and Fire One was the traditional submarine shooting type game, a game type that I usually really enjoy, partially for its accessibility.

Extra Terrestrials (Special Edition, Atari 2600) [box front]
Extra Terrestrials (Special Edition, Atari 2600) [box back]
Extra Terrestrials (Special Edition, Atari 2600) | This is the official reproduction of that found original early 1980's limited release Atari 2600 game, Extra Terrestrials. After finally being re-discovered in 2011, plans were made for this reproduction to be made available to the public. It even includes a bonus DVD inside the box that features all the news coverage around the discovery. The only downside is that the homebrewed box is a bit flimsy and my copy has some loose glue on the one side, which is why I have the elastic bands around the box to help reform it. Eventually, it should be better than new.

 Space Station by HesWare (C-64) [box front]
 Space Station by HesWare (C-64) [box back]
Project: Space Station by HesWare (C-64) | This comes in those nice plastic clamshell boxes that I like so much. This example comes with the required copy protection dongle, which is a little box that plugs into one of the joystick ports.

Ultimate Wizard by Electronic Arts (C-64) [box front]
Ultimate Wizard by Electronic Arts (C-64) [box back]
Ultimate Wizard by Electronic Arts (C-64) | This is a great example of the classic, Ultimate Wizard, with all of the contents in pristine condition. I had gotten a very good deal on this one.

 A Spy in H.A.R.M.'S Way by Monolith, Fox, and MacPlay (Macintosh) [box front]
 A Spy in H.A.R.M.'S Way by Monolith, Fox, and MacPlay (Macintosh) [box back]
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'S Way by Monolith, Fox, and MacPlay (Macintosh) | Nothing too special here, but for .99 I couldn't pass it up, plus it's new, sealed. I have the original game on the PS2 of all things (and enjoyed it, of course), so playing this on one of my older Mac Minis (RISC-based) should prove interesting at the very least.

Conan by Datasoft (C-64) [box front]
Conan by Datasoft (C-64) [box back]
Conan by Datasoft (C-64) | This is one of those valuable games that you get for such a good price where you can forgive the poor condition of the box and contents - and the horrible cigarette smoke smell - just to finally have a copy of the game. It was never my favorite growing up because of the high difficulty and frustration level, but I can't deny its historical value, as well as being a key part of a rather magical licensed game run by Datasoft in the mid-80's.

Mutant Herd by Thorn Emi Video (Commodore Vic-20) [box front]
Mutant Herd by Thorn Emi Video (Commodore Vic-20) [box back]
Mutant Herd by Thorn Emi Video (Commodore Vic-20) | This is one of a handful of mid-tier value Vic-20 games that I'm happy to have in my collection for a reasonable price. It helps that it's supposed to be a very good game as well.

 When Superpowers Collide by SSI (C-64) [box front]
 When Superpowers Collide by SSI (C-64) [box back]
RDF 1985: When Superpowers Collide by SSI (C-64) | I'm a major SSI collector and usually they never disappoint, but this is more of a fill-in-the-blanks addition to my collection than anything particularly of value to me. The box is small and fairly uninteresting and it uses the same exact instructions as "Germany 1985", one of several other games in the "Superpowers" series. As my time permits, along with Avalon Hill, I'd love to do a review/coverage run of all the SSI games in my collection in order of release.

The Oath of Stonekeep (front)
The Oath of Stonekeep (back)
The Oath of Stonekeep (1999) | Here's an interesting one to end on. We've covered Stonekeep quite a bit on Armchair Arcade, but I honestly wasn't aware of this latter day novel based on the game world. In fact, it even mentions an unreleased Stonekeep II on the back (and in fact, as if it was already released and a big seller), which today we know would have been "Stonekeep 2: Godmaker" before being killed off completely in 2001. As was mentioned here, an actual Stonekeep successor has been released for WiiWare, but it looks like a game to avoid...

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Bill Loguidice
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Believe me, high quality is

Believe me, high quality is relatively trivial for me at this point. That was clearly not my intention here, however.

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