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A stroll down memory lane...
#376564 - 06/01/18 02:32 AM


https://www.bodnarsauction.com/may-31-gaming-collection

That's a ton of vintage stuff.



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Re: A stroll down memory lane... new [Re: Falcon]
#376577 - 06/02/18 12:38 PM


> That's a ton of vintage stuff.

Hell yeah, so much drool worthy stuff there.

All these Apple ][ games (in bold are those I cannot remember seeing before):

Apple II: Castle Wolfenstein
Dragon Wars
Dondra: A New Beginning (later, Questmaster I: The Prism of Heheutotol)
Dungeon! Computer Adventure Game
Fooblitzky
Minotaur
Oo-Topos: An Extraterrestrial Adventure
Pinball Construction Set
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rescue Raiders
Robotwar
Shadowkeep
Sherwood Forest
Space Vikings
Star Saga: One - Beyond the Boundary
The Dark Heart of Uukrul
The Usurper
The Warp Factor
Dunjonquest: Hellfire Warrior (plus The Keys of Acheron expansion, loose)
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness
Cytron Masters
Ultima III: Exodus
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny
Wasteland
Wilderness - A Survival Adventure
Wizardry I (1) - Proving Grounds
Wizardry II (2) - Knight of Diamonds - Wizardry The Second Scenario
Wizardry III (3) - Legacy of Llylgamyn
Wizardry III (3) - Legacy of Llylgamyn (and loose others in series)
Xyphus
Zendar
Fortress
Millionaire: The Stock Market Simulation
Realms of Darkness
Temple of Apshai (plus Dunjonquest Curse of Ra for TRS-80, Apple II)
Tharolian Tunnels
The Queen of Phobos
Vortex (Vortex!)
Wavy Navy,


And I've been looking for this gem for years:

PC DOS: Digger



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Re: A stroll down memory lane... new [Re: Moose]
#376578 - 06/02/18 01:18 PM



>> That's a ton of vintage stuff.

>And I've been looking for this gem for years:
>PC DOS: Digger

I am guessing most 5.25" diskettes of that game probably won't be fully readable/workable by this time. Fortunately the game has already been imaged and supported/documented in the hashfile setup so it can run in MAME and other pc emulators.


hash/ibm5150.xml

-
software name="digger"
description- Digger
1983
Windwill Software
info name="usage" value="PC Booter"
part name="flop1" interface="floppy_5_25"
dataarea name="flop" size="163840"
rom name="digger.img" size="163840" crc="a983ea69" sha1="45b234cefb8fec44dc6b7ce593f8fa27d804c5ac" offset="0"

--


btw: When my parents got their first IBM 8086 computer in 1985 and got this game as well, both (mid 40's age range at the time) were addicted to playing Digger and argued like kids in an arcade of who gets to play the game next. :-)



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Re: A stroll down memory lane... new [Re: gregf]
#376581 - 06/02/18 04:26 PM


> >> That's a ton of vintage stuff.
>
> > And I've been looking for this gem for years:
> > PC DOS: Digger
>
> I am guessing most 5.25" diskettes of that game probably won't be fully
> readable/workable by this time. Fortunately the game has already been imaged and
> supported/documented in the hashfile setup so it can run in MAME and other pc
> emulators.
>
>
> hash/ibm5150.xml
>
> -
> software name="digger"
> description- Digger
> 1983
> Windwill Software
> info name="usage" value="PC Booter"
> part name="flop1" interface="floppy_5_25"
> dataarea name="flop" size="163840"
> rom name="digger.img" size="163840" crc="a983ea69"
> sha1="45b234cefb8fec44dc6b7ce593f8fa27d804c5ac" offset="0"
>
> --
>
>
> btw: When my parents got their first IBM 8086 computer in 1985 and got this game as
> well, both (mid 40's age range at the time) were addicted to playing Digger and
> argued like kids in an arcade of who gets to play the game next. :-)

Wikipedia says :
Digger is similar in design to the 1982 arcade game Mr. Do!.
Oh, No ! - Digger IS a flagrant rip-off of Mr.Do!



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Re: A stroll down memory lane... new [Re: CTOJAH]
#376599 - 06/02/18 10:21 PM



>Wikipedia says :
>Digger is similar in design to the 1982 arcade game Mr. Do!.
>Oh, No ! - Digger IS a flagrant rip-off of Mr.Do!


The Wikipedia contributor is correct, but the text entry could be rephrased imo.

Although arcade companies like Taito or Williams could argue that Windmill Software was making home computer rip-off products of their arcade games, Windmill Software needed to change the music tunes, sound effects, and some graphic elements and it was enough to fall within legal limits in the US court system, but maybe Taito or Williams could have taken it to a civil trial case and hoped jurors favored the arcade companies argument. I don't recall if there were any civil trial cases at the time since the arcade video industry had its crash in 1983 and following year too. Had that industry crash not happened then, there might have been a civil trial through the US courts system in which arcade companies might have won a civil case.



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Re: A stroll down memory lane... new [Re: gregf]
#376735 - 06/09/18 03:56 AM


> btw: When my parents got their first IBM 8086 computer in 1985 and got this game as
> well, both (mid 40's age range at the time) were addicted to playing Digger and
> argued like kids in an arcade of who gets to play the game next. :-)

LOL, wish you had a video of this Greg.

My friends and I behaved the same - arguing over next game, addicted to playing, etc.

When XT Turbo machines came out (with an external switch to change the CPU from 4.77 to 8.x Mhz or back whenever you liked), you could click the Turbo switch to finish off a level when you got down to 1 monster left to speed things up.

Or, if your friend was playing and was surrounded by monsters, you could click the Turbo switch to make them start screaming and yelling at you for getting them killed and ruining their score. It was going to cost whoever did it a beating, and they'd be laughing so much they could not fight back (and this would make you punch them harder), but it was great fun.

Ahh great times.

Digger was a terrific early PC game, along with J.Bird, Space War and others.


EDIT:
* More information for anyone who might be interested in Digger:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digger_(video_game)

* Some great Digger anecdotes here:
http://www.digger.org/stories.html

Edited by Moose (06/09/18 04:39 AM)



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Re: A stroll down memory lane... new [Re: Moose]
#376738 - 06/09/18 04:19 AM



>> btw: When my parents got their first IBM 8086 computer in 1985 and got this game as
>> well, both (mid 40's age range at the time) were addicted to playing Digger and
>> argued like kids in an arcade of who gets to play the game next. :-)

>LOL, wish you had a video of this Greg.

Something that the younger generation can take for granted these days with video recording devices now in cameras or Iphones etc....whereas back then one had to drag out video camera and by then it would be too late to do any recordings.



>My friends and I behaved the same - arguing over next game, addicted to playing, etc.
>When XT Turbo machines came out (with an external switch to change the CPU from 4.77 to
>8.x Mhz or back whenever you liked), you could click the Turbo switch to finish off a
>level when you got down to 1 monster left to speed things up.

My 1980s era gaming home computer memories: multiple players on one computer while playing Accolade's Mean 18 Golf and making bets with the losers either having to pay for the takeout pizza or for the drinks.

The other was 8 to 10 users trying to play Broderbund's Ancient Art of War with one computer and one keyboard and having multiple combats take place at same time all over the monitor with players having to use same keyboard at same time during battle action moments. This would have been the time to have taken a video recorder and make a VHS recording of the event.



>Digger was a terrific early PC game,...

I'll give credit to Windmill software doing a decent job of porting arcade-like quality in their home computer games (Styx / Qix ) is the other that comes to mind. I forget their other games.


>along with J.Bird, Space War and others.

I know I have the boot-up / non-cracked diskette of j Bird that needs to be imaged along with a few other boot-up type games (non-cracked format) that also need to be imaged and supported in hash file. The best old pc game from early 1980s imo is Snipes (protected/non-cracked). It is an ASCII style clone version of Berzerk with simple sounding sound effects, but really well written imo.


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