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Apple II (2) News and Notes for October 2006

The latest issue:

A2 News and Notes October, 2006

* Reading Redux
* Connections, 2006-style
* A Good Time Will Be Had By All!
* Apple I in the 21st Century
* .And Were Live!
* New Digs
* A Fake Disk?
* Software News
* Emulation News
* SignOff

-- Remember the computer magazines Hardcore and The Computist? Or have

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Free Shipping at Armchair Arcade's Two Merchandise Shops - Limited Time

From November 6th - 19th, you can get free shipping on all purchases over $25 at the two Armchair Arcade Merchandise stores in our "Merchandise and Special Offers" section. The maximum discount our shop partner provides is $5 and you must use the coupon code FREESHIPPING06 at checkout. Enjoy!

Our standard shop is here and the design-your-own shop is here.

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Sony's Answer to Xbox Live Arcade: Will XLA withstand the Onslaught?

I was just reading an interview with Phil Harrison, the head of Sony's worldwide studios, and I must admit I'm very impressed with what I read. Apparently, Sony has recognized the appeal of downloadable games on next gen consoles and have decided not only to embrace the concept, but to pretty much sandblast the competition. The idea is not just to offer small "freebies" and retrogames, but actually pay out for some 40+ premium quality games that push the PS3 hard in all directions. The fact that every PS3 comes standard with a hard drive may make the difference.

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ChipTune Goodness--Java Style

We just received a head's up from a chipper named Mandrixx about his new website, It's a "jukebox" written in Java that's loaded up with all the great chiptunes (or "ploptunes"), classic and modern. You can even register on the site and create your own playlist, or just trust the judgment of the other users and play highly ranked tunes. At any rate, this is about the easiest way I know to listen to chiptunes, and Mandrixx seems dedicated to expanding and refining his site. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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New Websites and Programs for the Sinclair ZX81 and Timex Sinclair 1000

Alien Mind for the ZX81/Sinclair/Timex Computers (16K)Alien Mind for the ZX81/Sinclair/Timex Computers (16K)ANDRE is back with his regular updates for the Sinclair ZX81/Time Sinclair 1000 series of systems:

"SUDOKU" is available NOW at "". You can now
play the game on your ZX81 or TS1000. The coding and the graphics are
from Stafford White and the speed from ANDRE***.

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Dungeon Siege II: Deluxe Edition for PC Now Available!

Dungeon Siege II: Deluxe Edition: Package Contents (Image courtesy 2K)Dungeon Siege II: Deluxe Edition: Package Contents (Image courtesy 2K)Normally I don't mention new items such as this unless there's something particularly intriguing about it (that's what more mainstream Websites are paid to do), but the packaging for this one is kind of nifty - and - as a proponent of exquisite game packaging, I'm putting this PRESS RELEASE right to the top (click on the image at right to see a larger version):

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C-64 Orchestra Releases Trailer

Thanks to Mano for sending us a link to the live trailer for the fabulous Commodore 64 Orchestra (see below!). The idea here is simple--take those great classic tunes from C-64 games and work them up for a "real" orchestra. The Japanese have been doing this for years (decades?) with their NES and SNES tunes, so it's nice to see someone else representing the C-64. This outfit appears to be from the Netherlands (I'm bitterly jealous, Mark!), so if you're in the area check their tour dates.

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Family Computing - January 1986 - Volume 4 - Number 1 (104 scanned pages)

Family Computing Magazine Cover - January 1986Family Computing Magazine Cover - January 1986I put this issue up in September of 2004 on my personal Website courtesy of one Mr. Jay Snellen, and thought that since the new Armchair Arcade is so good at indexing things that I'd make mention of it again here on my blog and bring attention to it for those that missed it in the past. I don't know why there is still no online repository of Family Computing issues, but at least there's this one example up. If I can ever gain access to a non-destructive quick and simple scanning process, I'd happily scan my large collection of Family Computing , Electronic Games and countless other information-rich industry magazines from the 1970's - 80's. Family Computing and Electronic Games were invaluable resources to me as a child growing up in the heady days of the first videogame and home computer explosion and it's a shame that each is not readily available to scholars and enthusiasts alike...

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Protovision Update - Commodore 64 (C64, C-64) (English and German)

Begin Protovision's press release:

(German version below)


The COMPETITION PRO used to be the best joystick for C64 and Amiga systems. It was well-known for its extreme durability and the characteristic clicking of the microswitches.

Now it returns! Speed-Link and individual Computers re-created the joystick in its classic form. It is compatible with Commodore including C64, Amiga, Atari, Amstrad/Schneider CPC and MSX Systems.

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Philly VGXPO this Weekend!

Just a reminder that the Philly VGXPO is this weekend. While I have other commitments this year, I went last year and it was at least a decent source of classic videogame merchandise, if not quite as interesting to me as when it was under the "Philly Classic" name at a different venue.

Here is AtariAge's press release on the subject:

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