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Notable Entertainment Software for US Home Computers, 1976 - 1979 Launch Systems

BETS (1980) for the Commodore PET: While many games for Commodore's PET computer were purely text-based, some, like Randall Lockwood's BETS (1980), seen here via the VICE: PET emulator, implemented comparatively excellent visuals and animationsBETS (1980) for the Commodore PET: While many games for Commodore's PET computer were purely text-based, some, like Randall Lockwood's BETS (1980), seen here via the VICE: PET emulator, implemented comparatively excellent visuals and animationsAs part of the editing process for my upcoming US home videogame and computer entertainment systems history book, I've been logging the software I mention in each section. I thought it might be interesting to list the software I'm mentioning in the book for the 1976 - 1979, computers section, which I just finished going through. Most of these are the cream of the crop or notable titles.

How many of the following are you familiar with?

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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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Pitfall! Atari 2600 World Record Shattered

David Crane's Legendary Pitfall! for the Atari 2600 VCSDavid Crane's Legendary Pitfall! for the Atari 2600 VCSThe record for completing the Atari 2600 (Video Computer System (VCS)) version of David Crane's Pitfall! (Activision, 1982) in the quickest time has been shattered. The new record is now 1 minute and 28 seconds left with no deaths! For anyone who has played the game, they know this is an incredible accomplishment, particularly after all these years and all the countless games played by countless people.

It seems the world record breaker used a map to help himself out. All hail the power of the map...

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Future of Pinball DVD Update

Revenge from Mars Pinball MachineRevenge from Mars Pinball MachineGreg Maletic has sent the following update regarding the Future of Pinball documentary:

A lot has been going on in the "Future of Pinball" universe, so I thought I'd send out an update...

- First and foremost, creation of the DVD is moving forward. I just returned from Chicago where I recorded a commentary track for the DVD from several of the people who participated in the film: Roger Sharpe, Tom Uban, Cameron Silver, and Duncan Brown. They provide a lot of great insights and I know their commentary track will be an excellent addition to the disc. There are still a few uncertainties left in the schedule, but I'm shooting for a late Summer release to members of the mailing list. I'll be sure to keep you posted!

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Nokia Launches New Software Download Service for the N-Gage

Nokia's N-Gage QDNokia's N-Gage QDAs an owner of a Nokia N-Gage QD, I'm well aware of the pulling of N-Gage software from retail shelves several months back. While plenty of software is still available via eBay and from Nokia directly, Nokia had the foresight to start a download service today for N-Gage users to have instant access to the system's large range of games. While it's easy to be critical of Nokia's design choices for the N-gage - particularly of the original model - it's very difficult to be critical of Nokia's non-stop support for the moribund platform, which debuted in 2003.

Here's the release:

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Xbox 360 Improvements Released Today

Microsoft's Xbox 360Microsoft's Xbox 360All I can say is, it's "about time" and I'm very much looking forward to these actually terribly useful improvements, particularly with the music features and DVD bookmarking!

From the official release:

Gamers ask and Xbox 360 delivers with revolutionary free upgrade for all Xbox 360 connected owners.

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Prophet64 SID Music Software System Cartridge Released for the Commodore 64/128

Prophet64 SID Music Software CartridgeProphet64 SID Music Software CartridgeAs readers of Armchair Arcade know (see Matt Barton's "The Rise and Fall of Game Audio"), the Commodore 64 (C-64/128) is a unique sound machine, not out of place itself as an instrument with its powerful SID chip. The Prophet64 has finally been released and it looks to help take the venerable Commodore system to a higher level of audio integration in today's world (click here to see another interesting modern C-64 sound integration option).

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Apple II News and Notes for May 2006

From A2 News and Notes May, 2006Apple LogoApple Logo:

INDEX
* Old Hardware Made New, Redux
* Hardware-emulated Apple II
* Apple II Internet
* CFFA News
* Moving In Reverse
* Making Music
* VGA Support
* KFest
* Software News
* Emulation News
* SignOff

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