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Reviewing items from the red (fragile) parcel from The Retro Computer Shack


I got a nice bright red 'Fragile' in the mail. It contained some things I ordered and actually quite a few extra items. It was sent to me by Ian Priddey the owner of Retro Computer Shack, he specializes in supplying high quality retro computer and console products, he also custom builds video leads. [Read more]

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Absolute Inebriation (Amiga)(Demo)(Scene)(PAL)


Dug out the old Amiga 1200 and hooked it up for a bit of demo watching and gaming. I have a PCMCIA compact flash adapter installed as well as a compact flash IDE interface booting into a very nice setup of Workbench and WHDLoader that allows me to run a plethora of games and demos. Here I load up one of my favourite demos created by Fairlight, quite a prolific demo-group on the various systems that can be found within the Commodore range of home computers.

This recording is done from the composite video signal. A nicer RGB signal can be taken from the Amiga but I was not able to hook that up properly for the recording of this video.

Demos really show what machines are capable of and the sounds and visuals often are quite artistic and can sometimes compete with the creations of serious graphic design students/professionals.

To this day, demos are being created on various computers and consoles often containing the various elements seen in this wonderful example. Having grown up with these home computer systems and coding myself it is fun to see how the various programmers 'evolved' and learned new techniques often typically absorbed during college computer science and math classes, resulting in even better demos.

Enjoy! And Kudos to the people from Fairlight for making this wonderful demo. I've been enjoying it a long time and will continue to do so for a long time!

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VIC-20 Repair / Transplant Surgery - December 8th 2013


A little while ago I got a second VIC-20 which was in a cosmetically almost mint condition. Sadly the motherboard has a fault where it fails to read the joystick and the keyboard correctly resulting in the controls in games not functioning. The VIC-20 I had works great but cosmetically has seen better days. The label has come off and there has been extensive yellowing of its case. One has a serial number only in the ten thousands while the other machine has a serial number well into the hundred thousand. The cosmetically good looking machine being the oldest of the two and the yellowed machine being the younger system. So the younger system works great but looks sh*t and the oldest system looks great but runs sh*t.

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Mark Plays... Some VIC-20 Classics (1hr extravaganza)


In this video I play quite a few of the classic arcade ports and well known games on the Commodore VIC-20. I grabbed the footage using a Pioneer HD-DVD-Recorder that allows me to grab the footage on the HD or directly on CD-R, DVD-R or DVD-RW. I use the latter so I can reuse the disc after I imported the files off the disc (a simple copy of the mpg stream) into

Okay it turned into an over an hour long extravaganza playing the games until the first game over and me babbling about the gameplay and the technology involved. Read more below...

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Mark plays... Krakout (C64)

The nice Arkanoid/Breakout clone on the C64 called Krakout. Great gameplay, great music. Mind you on the C64 and TV screen the gameplay is really fluid my grabby thingie really mocks up the smoothness of it all so it doesn't do it justice completely.

Press Play on Tape playing the Krakout theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F04F4grZ9Mk

Krakout on the Amstrad CPC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF8vRwjLNGY

Krakout on the Speccy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9AcRbYY6OU

Krakout on the MSX
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rn9f-gzOWp0

Cool music mashup between GODS sountrack (A500) and Krakout (C64)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ricyl9duhx0

Intro soundtrack by Andy C. aka SynthMonkey aka ZombieAndy1979
http://www.youtube.com/user/zombieandy1979

VIDEO RESPONSES:
by HalfBlindGamer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqCe2xz_DA

by Polaventris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psl-gRpzwuk

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