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Elodie Dufroux sent along the following press release for their compilation of classics, SILMARILS COLLECTION PC, which sounds like an unbeatable value (click through to see additional information and images):


Paris, France – March 16, 2010: DotEmu, developer/ publisher dedicated to classics 80’s/90’s video games over new platforms is pleased to announce today’s launch of Silmarils Collection for PC. Initially published on Atari ST, Amiga and PC/DOS, the 16 Silmarils’ games of this collection, among others Deus, the Ishar trilogy, Robinson’s Requiem, will enable you to live or live again magic adventures taking place in mystic universes!

A large number of fans have already showed up their enthusiasm and interest for this collection and will be pleased to get these so acclaimed games. More information on www.silmarils-collection.com.

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CES 2010 Breaking News: Microsoft Announces "Microsoft Game Room" for Xbox 360 and PC with tons of Classic Gaming Goodness!

Microsoft Game Room ImageMicrosoft Game Room ImageAccording to a Microsoft Press Release and confirmed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft will be releasing something called the "Microsoft Game Room" some time this spring, and, within three years, will see the release of over 1000 classic videogame titles, including arcade, Atari and Mattel Intellivision games, the latter of which was confirmed by Facebook friend Keith Robinson of Blue Sky Rangers fame as one of the available launch systems (other systems TBC). Apparently this area will be avatar-based, where your Xbox avatar will roam an arcade-like setting to find and play games (a bit like Sony's Home on PS3). There's a two-tier price structure, with one being an outright purchase of the game in question, and the other being a low cost, single play option, just like putting a quarter in an arcade machine in the days of old. We'll keep you posted as more news develops, but this is great news for those of us - like the readers of Armchair Arcade - who are passionate about classic gaming. The more love the current three consoles give (and each already has given a lot) to gaming's past, the better it is for all us as gamers, particularly since it looks like this is going to be a long generation with the big three. It's unclear how this will work with the PC as of this writing, but the fact that PC gamers are being invited to the party just makes it all the better, as well as the fact that owning it on one gives you access to it on the other.

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The Dell of DIY Systems - A Business Proposition

Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day, which is a "Build Your Own Gaming PC with the ASUS Gamer Bundle" for $279.99, got me thinking a bit about the concept of "build your own", which we've been discussing a bit lately after I had to quickly order a replacement system for my dead laptop. I love the idea of these "gamer bundles", which give you properly matched CPU, motherboard and video card for a discounted total price. Ultimately though, this goes against the DIY spirit of picking your own components, which leads me to the thought of the day. Wouldn't it be cool if - like you can do at places like Dell, HP, etc., with systems - you could configure your own DIY parts list to have a properly matched set of parts delivered to you, which you can then assemble yourself? Say, pick motherboard A, graphics card C, power supply A, case G, etc., and the built-in configurator would be able to flag any mismatched parts, e.g., power supply A is too underpowered to drive graphics card C, or case G wouldn't fit motherboard A.

Now who's going to build that type of online retail system and make lots of money? If you are, I want in, because you can't tell me something like that (assuming it doesn't already exist), wouldn't be a boon to the DIY crowd. Of course there's also always the danger of people using the configurator to verify a setup's viability and then buy the parts for cheaper elsewhere (a la Crucial and their excellent memory matching retail Website), but if prices were at Amazon or other similar discounter levels, then that would certainly be a rare occurrence...

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Free BENEATH THE STEEL SKY adventure game.

I just came across this, don't know how long it has been or will remain available but I figured a great free game from a great site there is no better time to check it out/sign up. I did a video to let my Youtube subscribers know but they are doing site maintenance right now DOH! Thought I would fill you guys in to! Below my original post/info (On my Facebook group)

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Casual Photos: Computer Preparation for the SAT (IBM PC and IBM PCjr, 1983)

Today's casual photos - by request - and taken with a Canon digital camera, is from the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Computer Test Preperation Series, Computer Preparation for the SAT, for the IBM PC and PCjr, from 1983. Its 1983 release date ranks it among the earliest releases indicated being specifically for the PCjr. While I haven't tested this product myself and may never get around to it, the fact that it's a non-intensive text-based program leads me to believe that not only should it work on standard PC compatibles running MS-DOS, but also most MS-DOS compatibles. The difference? Basically true PC compatibles were both BIOS and Microsoft DOS compatible with the original IBM PC (Compaq was one of the first to pull this feat off), while MS-DOS compatibles were not BIOS compatible, but ran their own version of Microsoft DOS (popular MS-DOS-only systems included the TI Professional, the Tandy 2000 and the Otrona Atache' 8:16). While this often meant a degree of file compatibility (and theoretically easy software ports for willing developers/publishers), any software that made specific calls to specific locations would typically fail. Luckily MS-DOS-only compatible systems gave way to 100% or near 100% compatibles by the mid-80's, for obvious reasons, as why support a dozen niche MS-DOS-only compatible systems that each required their own version of your software, when you could just write to the "PC Compatible" spec, holding the original IBM PC as the gold standard (Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft's Flight Simulator were often the best tests of true compatibility--if your system could run those with little to no issues, you were good to go).

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Thoughts on EGM's latest issue

There are some interesting articles in EGM that you should check out if you get the chance. The first is a thoughtful PC vs.

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Chowaniec on the history of the Amiga

I know that few AA regulars will want to miss this interview with Adam Chowaniec, a PC pioneer who was responsible for creating the Amiga (probably my favorite computer platform of all time).

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Build a Gaming PC for $800

Extremetech has an excellent post up about building a gaming rig for under $800. Looks like they're going with a Core 2 Duo processor and an XFX GeForce 7600 GT graphics card.

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Game Demos: Then and Now

One of the many aspects of gaming culture that tends to get ignored by the majority of critics is the game demo. No, I'm not talking about the "produkts" of the "demoscene" groups, but rather those programs that purport to offer users a "trial sample" of a commercial title. Who cares? Well, game demos have played (and continue to play) an intriguing and potentially vital role in the game industry--they expose gamers to new games, help sell game magazines, and might eventually become more important than the "full versions" they represent. Although I'm not prepared here to offer a full history of the phenemonon, I would like to mention a few important developments and hopefully raise some issues for discussion.

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