Old Computers/Games Consoles - Owned, Wanted and Missed

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Old Computers/Games Consoles - Owned, Wanted and Missed

Post by akuyou » Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:11 pm

Ok, so I'm curious... let me know about your retro memories!

What system did you own... What system did you always want in your youth (but never had at the time)... and what system did you only find out about recently and thing 'Damn! how did I not hear about this?'

I grew up with the Amstrad CPC, and It's what I really learned to program on (only in basic)... of course we had other machines later but it was the one I wanted!

When I was young I always wanted the Amiga - my friend had one, and as a CPC owner the amazing graphics of Robocop, and sound of Xenon II made me very jealous!... they were too expensive for me back then - though I own an Amiga 600 now.

The one I missed was the Elan Enterprise... made in the UK, and designed to mimic the Amstrad CPC in many ways (color scheme and screen modes are very similar) it has lots of neat features, stuff the CPC had, and stuff it didn't... it flopped in my home country of the Uk, and I believe most of the units ended up in Hungary
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/2 ... years_old/

So what about you, what system did you own... want, and now wish you had known about back in the day?
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Re: Old Computers/Games Consoles - Owned, Wanted and Missed

Post by EvilSandwich » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:14 am

I admit having a soft spot for systems that were terrible ideas in hindsight or chasing the trends of the time that fizzled out.

I always wished I had a chance to play the Action Max and/or the NEMO. Game consoles that had their game data stored on VHS tapes of all things. Or the old All-in-One multimedia centers that so many companies tried to do in the mid nineties like the 3DO, the Philips CD-i or the really obscure Amiga CD32. Commodore's last hurrah before filing for bankruptcy in 1994.

Heck, I would kill to find a Dr Nim board. A super simple plastic computer that ran on marbles from the 1960s. Good stuff. :Wow:

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Post by RetrogamerRhys » Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:52 pm

Hi, back when I was a kid I had an Atari ST, a spectrum 48k and a VIC 20 but I always wanted a SNES since playing one over a friends house back then, I now own a SNES mini. I didn't know that much about computers back then, so I didn't know about the Amiga which is imho better than the Atari ST even the 1meg version. I have recently purchased an Amiga 500 to play my favourite game Frontier Elite 2 on which I had on Atari ST but my copy got corrupted. I've now got a Commodore 64 and a Amiga 500 which I didn't have back in the day. These are the two platforms I'd like to learn to code assembly on although 68000 is very different to 6502. I may get an Spectrum 2+ to try a little Z80 programming on if I can find the space.

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Post by akuyou » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:07 pm

Frontier Elite was fantastic, though I played the PC version on my old 386... happy days!

I did own a SNES later on, but it's not a system I get massively excited about these days (Though I own one).. the Amstrad is the one that interests me, as it's more fun to develop

Regarding weird Tape/Disk systems, the closest I got was that VHS board game AtmoFear!...
I would like to try a NUON though, so I can play Tempest 3000!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuon_%28DVD_technology%29

Oh and I guess if I had a CDI+MPEG I could play my copy of 7th guest on it.
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Re: Old Computers/Games Consoles - Owned, Wanted and Missed

Post by EvilSandwich » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:54 am

akuyou wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:07 pm
Regarding weird Tape/Disk systems, the closest I got was that VHS board game AtmoFear!...
Haha I was an early adopter of AtmosFear. I still remember when the Gatekeeper would go. "Whose turn is it?! HANDS UP!!!"

This is the version that I owned. The Harbingers version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRMphkKF3M0

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