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Matt Barton's picture

The Game You Wish You'd Played Back Then: A Personal Question

Blade of Blackpoole: Awesome for '83. But now?Blade of Blackpoole: Awesome for '83. But now?Here's a question I've been pondering today: : If you could alter your history so that you could have played any game that you missed when it was new--what would you choose? For instance, maybe you missed out on a game because of your chosen platform or inability to upgrade--such as the early Amiga or Atari ST hits. Or maybe you took too long to move to DOS and missed out on the DOOM era. Then again, maybe it was CD-ROM games that slipped past you, and you didn't play MYST until long after the excitement died down.

The reason I ask is that we all know it's just not the same to play these games for the first time today. If you didn't play Ultima back in the 80s, you're very unlikely to appreciate it now. The same goes for just about any early classic; even Pac-Man and Tetris were probably much more impressive and mind-blowing back when they were released. No matter how we try to immerse ourselves and overlook the "limitations" of the era, it's still difficult to really appreciate them.

So what game would you choose? If you're having a hard time deciding, make it a top five or ten list.

I can't wait to read your responses!


Bill Loguidice's picture

New ZX81/Timex Sinclair 1000/1500 game, "Ferengi"

Thanks to Yerzmyey for the heads up on a new ZX81/Timex Sinclair 1000/1500 game, "Ferengi", said to be "a continuation of the classic ZX-81 game 'Klingons'". It looks like the archive contains versions for both unexpanded and expanded systems, with instructions to record to a real tape if you prefer not to play in an emulator. Get the archive file (.rar) here. From the notes:

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Free 512 meg Pro Duo from Best Buy

According to Opposable Thumbs, if you act fast you can pick up a free 512 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo Gaming Memory Card. It involves printing out this coupon, but, heck, it's a great deal for anyone who needs one of these. Note: This ain't no rebate; it's instant savings!

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Expanding the Commodore Amiga 600's Memory

Memory Expansion for the Commodore Amiga 600Memory Expansion for the Commodore Amiga 600It seems all the best new products for Commodore computers come out of Europe these days. It makes sense, as Commodore had a bigger foothold there in the post Commodore 64 era. In any case, one of the latest products is a nifty expansion for the Commodore Amiga 600, a more obscure entry in the Amiga line from a US-perspective, but certainly more common in Europe.

Here's the full release:

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