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What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 15, 2020 06:19PM
I've collected (on a very small scale; I do not have either unlimited space or a wife with unlimited patience) arcade video games since the mid-90's. Always wanted an Atari Tempest, but I didn't get one when they were cheap (pre-eBay) and was too cheap to spring for one afterwards (thanks to the now-unobtanium color vector monitor, prices have skyrocketed).

But I lucked out on Craigslist over the summer, and landed a broken unit for a reasonable price.

As of yesterday, it is no longer broken, and I am happy.





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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 15, 2020 07:01PM
I recall that game, I used to enjoy watching my friends play it (I sucked at arcade games, most required two hands)

Here is a browser version -- [my.ign.com] (and I still suck, only scored 1200 pts)



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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 15, 2020 07:36PM
Oh yeah, I remember that one. I'd love to be able to play Donkey Kong again. Or other games from that era.
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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 15, 2020 08:04PM
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freeradical
Oh yeah, I remember that one. I'd love to be able to play Donkey Kong again. Or other games from that era.

There are a LOT of Donkey Kongs out there; that was a very popular game, and many tens of thousands of them were built. Keep an eye on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, and estate sales. Sooner or later you'll score.
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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Rolando
Date: October 16, 2020 01:18AM
My PowerBook G3 had a SVHS Out. I would connect it and the audio to my 27" TV and Stereo system, and a ADB Gamepad.

Then I would use MAME to play my favorite, Centipede.

That was about 20 years ago!

Apple should just license these old games and put them on AppleTV.



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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 16, 2020 01:21AM
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Rolando
My PowerBook G3 had a SVHS Out. I would connect it and the audio to my 27" TV and Stereo system, and a ADB Gamepad.

Then I would use MAME to play my favorite, Centipede.

That was about 20 years ago!

Apple should just license these old games and put them on AppleTV.

There was a fantastic vector game emulator for OS9 called Vectorama. I haven't seen a better implementation since. Much better than MAME IYAM.
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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: October 16, 2020 06:33AM
I want the original Star Wars (vector) sit-down version.



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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: October 16, 2020 06:55AM
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Sarcany
I want the original Star Wars (vector) sit-down version.

If you ever see one of those in my office, that's how you'll know I won the lottery.
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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 16, 2020 08:00AM
I used to be reasonably good at Tempest. But it wasn’t due to any superior strategy- I got my best scores just turning that knob back and forth as fast as I could. (!)

Anyway, good score on the unit!
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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Acer
Date: October 16, 2020 09:48AM
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Will Collier
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Rolando
My PowerBook G3 had a SVHS Out. I would connect it and the audio to my 27" TV and Stereo system, and a ADB Gamepad.

Then I would use MAME to play my favorite, Centipede.

That was about 20 years ago!

Apple should just license these old games and put them on AppleTV.

There was a fantastic vector game emulator for OS9 called Vectorama. I haven't seen a better implementation since. Much better than MAME IYAM.

I spent many hours with an OS 9 version of Tempest. Somehow, Vectorama doesn't sound like the right name for the version I played, but it's long gone now.

EDIT: From wikipedia: "Arashi is a 1992 freeware clone for the Apple Macintosh running classic Mac OS." Yup, Arashi is what it was.



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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: October 16, 2020 09:59AM
Nice score! I've dumped many a quarter in Tempest, as well as all the other popular arcade games of the era.

I've always wanted my all time favorite, Missile Command, in commercial form. Maybe someday...



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Re: What's past is prologue...
Posted by: jonny
Date: October 16, 2020 04:09PM
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Ombligo
I recall that game, I used to enjoy watching my friends play it (I sucked at arcade games, most required two hands)

Here is a browser version -- [my.ign.com] (and I still suck, only scored 1200 pts)

How do you get this site to work? Java?
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