What have you bought lately?

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Matt Barton
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Hi, guys, I want to know what gadgets, games, or related books and stuff you've been buying lately!!!

I've been pretty tight here. Legend of Grimrock is my favorite recent purchase. Looking forward to the upcoming Civ 5 expansion quite a bit...Not really interested in Diablo 3 at the moment, but I guess I'll spring for it when it does come out.

I'm really wanting to find a good local deal on a Commodore 64 and an Amiga computer. I'd also like to have an Apple II and a TRS-80 just for kicks, though I have no real space for them. It'd be neat to find a working SX-64 just for the convenience of having it all in one package.

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Matt Barton wrote:

I decided to take the plunge on Tera. Hope I don't regret it. ;)

Well let us know what you think.. I like the combat 90% of the time.. and 1 thing to note.. by 20 you might feel like the combat is getting dull and boring.. (it kinda does) but 20+ they ramp up the difficulty so ... it does get more interesting.. I said it before, nothing new.. but hte combat, so if you dont like it.. OUCH.. I hope you do..

Secret World- said I would say something.. but dang.. Its got a NDA.. As i cant say really anything... I do like it better then Tera (but !!!!! one day of play sure is not a good judge.. so I reserve the right to change that statment later). its a setting I havent really Seen in a MMORPG which helps it feel new. The quest system is nothing new, but presented in a way that makes it feel new to me.. and I like that. Combat so far is a bit more EDGE of MY PANTS, i never felt like I was going to win every one, so I picked and chose my battles with alot more thought then any game up to this point (somethin I really liked, no WoW.. wander into anything know i had "some" ways to get out of it.. fien death, pots, snare, etc...) Presentation is everything.. and they present it well.. I wish i could go more in depth.. probely said to much already, hope not. Yes overly gushing.. and way to soon to feel that way. If you like MMORPG's and want something a bit more modern (not future) check it out ( still accepting Beta spots).. SECRET WORLD

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I decided to take the plunge

I decided to take the plunge on Tera. Hope I don't regret it. ;)

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Bill Loguidice
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Reserved Dragon's Dogma on a whim, felt I could always cancel it later; then watched OXM's youtube preview vids
and rushed back to Gamestop and put more down, been putting 10-15 down each week since.

I've had my eye on that one too. Hope it's good!

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I kicked in for a boxed copy

I kicked in for a boxed copy of Wasteland 2. Not too many tech purchases happening on my end; it's been mostly outdoors activities lately.

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Reserved Dragon's Dogma

Reserved Dragon's Dogma on a whim, felt I could always cancel it later; then watched OXM's youtube preview vids
and rushed back to Gamestop and put more down, been putting 10-15 down each week since.

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Sounds like your internal

Sounds like your internal A500 Accelerator was possibly a Mega Midget Racer, which are difficult to find, but they were one of the best. The GVP Impact Series were SCSI sidecars with an expansion slot to allow for an 80286 pc card. Very nice card if you have it. As it does VGA and can emulate a Sound Blaster through the Amiga sound system. Be certain if he plans on continued use that he pulls the RTC battery before it leaks on his Chip RAM expansion. If it's the old barrel batteries those things are absolutely terrible in the damage they can do. I have seen some horrible corrosion on the A3000 motherboards that come in to the local shop that used to repair Amigas.

-Edit if you want to take a walk down memory lane check out www.bboah.com or amiga.resource.cx they have long lists with information about various amiga items released over the years.

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All this amiga talk had me

All this amiga talk had me hunting up info on my old expansion box.. GVP Impact.. (first one, the one that was huge and square, not the Impact II that was shaped like the 500) I see GVP is still in business (or it appears) as thier website is still going and it lists Amiga products, many of the links are dead, but some have info. Kinda neat to look it all up.. Nathaniel, you sure remeber more about um then i do, the floppy LED stuff rings a bell, so does the aftermarket drive issues.. been a LONG time sicne i dug into that stuff. can tell my memory is bad.. I thouhgt my accelerator was in the GVP.. but it was an IBM XT card i had (waste of money even back then).. the accelerator card was inside the 500.. wish i could remeber what it was.. Im sure it was a 68030 with 4 or 8 mb of ram onboard ( the GVP had 2 or 4 more... cant remeber now) a RACER? I know i picked the fastest.. and later wished i had picked the one with a HD connector (hence buying he the GVP later and doubling my price).. dang .. the money.. that amiga 500 was a $3000 computer when i was finished with it. Cool thing.. all tht stuff still works (as i said a buddy bought it all from me and we have had it fired up in the last year (maybe a littel longer)).

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Regrettably the CD32 is not

Regrettably the CD32 is not just a modified A1200. True the specifications for the most part are the same, but there is a major difference. There is a Chip called the Akiko chip which does some specific functions including Chunky to Planar conversion to give some additional effects that the A1200 does not have. You can plug a mouse directly into an CD32 Joystick port and it works fine. Yes you can convert a CD32 into a working A1200 with extra RAM and a floppy drive as well as an accelerator with the an SX-32 or SX-32 Pro, but they are very expensive and finicky to the type of ram they work with (I have one and it's never worked right with RAM in it. Pretty silly to upgrade to an 030 and not have extra RAM though.

A lot of aftermarket floppy drives were modified PC drives and as such were missing specific signals needed for Non-DOS disks to read and work properly. The Disk Ready signal is not needed in standard workbench use, but loading games directly from floppy when required fail with drives that don't generate this signal. Thankfully there are some incredibly bright people out there who have created a workaround for this with adapters. Ian Steadman is one of them and is still selling floppy adapters to this day. And the LED light changing the way the music sounds is because the LED indicates whether a specific filter is in use or not.

The reason certain games would crash with expanded memory was due to the way the software was written. There were areas of memory space that unexpanded machines had that weren't utilized and certain programs took advantage of that. For example, there was a Digitizing program that came out for the Amiga 1000 way back when that worked only with 512K RAM. any more RAM like 1MB on an Amiga2000 and it would crash. I actually did a very unique thing of building colorspace tables in the memory address area above 512KB of ram and if there was RAM there, it would immediately fail. Very interesting times those were. I have only encountered one game that worked only on the A1000 and with a bootdisk you would run from Aminet.net you could boot with the specific conflicting hardware disabled and run that game. It was a Magnetic Scrolls game if I remember correctly.

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clok1966
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I think from my reading a a

I think from my reading a a 1200 or cd32 (juast a 1200 made for gaming with qa CD).. , you can plug a keyboard mouse and with some modding a HD and floppy. I will admit my knowledge ended about the time the 3000 was being announced. I was moving to the intel PC side then so my amiga knowlege is really limited to the earlier years.. I know I had a dongle or something that shut the extra Ram off under the keyboard and My floppies (all 3 not counting the one in the machine) had switchs so you could make them "stealth" as some games wouldnt work with extra floppies. Even my external HD /ram and Accelerator had ways to disabel so they didnt show up and mess with game. I had hoops to jump through, but never had an issue getting any game to work exzcept a few that worked only on the Amiga 1000 (which was really rare). I can remeber some games having issuew with aftermarket floppie drive installed in the 500 (I had one as it was faster then othe orginal drive).. as the game used the LED light to change the MUSIC in some way.. man they banged the hardware hard in the old amiga days :)

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Even the A500 was not

Even the A500 was not compatible with certain software after you expanded the memory or updated the Kickstart Rom. It was a simple fact of the changes made to the way libraries were loaded as well as enhancements that were done broke programs that were hard coded to work a specific way. To bypass this issue there is a wonderful program called WHDLoad. You have to have licensed and legitimate images of the various kickstart ROMs (buy Cloanto's Amiga Forever software.) and you use this program with extended memory to load and play programs that aren't compatible and from the hard drive. Now an A500, or A600 will never be able to play AGA games, but considering that the number of those games is quite small, it isn't too much of an issue. But it definitely is better to have Kickstart 3.1 and at least Workbench 3.1. Compared to previous versions this release was extremely stable. OS3.5 and 3.9 are really for expanded 1200's and Desktop 4000's really, so I wouldn't recommend purchasing either one of those.

Also check out a cool 3.1 desktop update called ClassicWB. It sets up very nice graphics and comes preloaded with some great tools. If I knew how to load video I would do a video of my A600 with it so you could see what it looks like, but I haven't ever done that before.

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