Category Archives: gaming

Thoughts on videogames.

I Heart Craigslist

After work I checked my local Craigslist page. Today I managed to nab a steal of epic proportion.

Atari 2600

An Atari 2600 with the original box, two joysticks, two driving controllers, two paddle controllers, original AC adapter, and a box of 86 games. All for $10. Ten dollars.

Smash Bros. Brawl

A long while back I pre-ordered last this year’s most anticipated Wii title Smash Bros. Brawl, which comes out March 9. This is just a reminder that if you have a Wii my friend code is: 1423 3644 2287 4084. Leave yours in the comments if you want me to add you.

Smash Bros. Brawl

If I can find someone who has not imbibed in adult drinks I’ll be going to pick this up at my local gamenasium at midnight.

Obfuscation Rules

It took days of failed attempts, but I’m now reliving my childhood. I figured out how to write Apple II disk images to those big 5.25 floppies. Sure there are emulators out there. Sure it is a whole lot easier to just download the disk image and play on a new iMac. It just isn’t the same. There is something truly satisfying about hearing those big drives click away. Here is what it took.

  • Mac OS 10.5 on an Intel iMac to download the disk images and drop them in a shared folder to go to…
  • Mac OS 10.4.9 on a PPC iMac that has support for…
  • Mac OS 9.2.2 which can run Bernie II the Rescue, an Apple IIgs emulator that can manipulate the files, which can then be transfered via 3.5 floppy to…
  • Mac OS 7.0.1 on a Macintosh Classic which can write to ProDOS disks, which are compatible with…
  • Apple GSOS 6.0.1 which runs on an Apple IIgs.

What is the end product for all this hassle? Number Munchers, Odell Lake, Battleship, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are just the beginning. Oregon Trail… I’ve got my eyes on you next.

Wii’re Back

Just a reminder that if you have a Nintendo Wii hooked up to the interwebs you can share your friend code. Mine is : 1423 3644 2287 4084

Oh and Mom, pick me up a Wii Points card next time you go out. Don’t get it at ShopKo because they charge $29.99 for $20 of credit. Jerks.

Forget HD Television… Here is Colecovision

The first and third Mondays of every month mean that St. Vincent De Paul’s Thrift Store has a 50% off sale. My past few visits have been marked by a yearning to pick up a box that had been sitting on the floor for weeks. The $75 price tag just threw me off every time. I gave into the urge today thanks to massive savings.

It is a Colecovision with the Atari 2600 Expansion Module and it came with 32 games. Now, I already own two Colecovisions and that wacky expansion dongle. But you never know what you may find when you pick up these collection. I got three games that I do not have in my collection. Defender (Sears Tele-games label), Star Wars: Jedi Arena, and perhaps the oddest Atari 2600 cart ever, the Xonox Double Ender. When I pulled this cart out of the box I was rendered unconcious for hours by what I believe to be a roundhouse kick to the face. When I came to and my blurred vision cleared up I read the cart label. One end of the cartridge was Artillery Duel and the other end was Chuck Norris Superkicks. Sweeeeeet!