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  1. Just ran into some info, Draconus was actually...

    Just ran into some info, Draconus was actually full price on Atari, unlike the other versions.

    Its possible the game was made for Atari 8-bit machines and then ported to budget on other machines.
  2. The Freescape games (Driller, Total Eclipse et...

    The Freescape games (Driller, Total Eclipse et al) were made for Amstrad IIRC, they were as "fast" on the Amstrad as they were on Spectrum, but in colour too. Dave Perry's games were generally fine...
  3. Time with 8-bit computer games has cemented in my...

    Time with 8-bit computer games has cemented in my mind that the Amstrad didn't really get any more of a raw deal than any of the other main computers of the era, whatever you had the vast majority of...
  4. Atari Draconus really represented value for money...

    Atari Draconus really represented value for money back in the day, but games like Draconus were very much a minority, an exception to the rule.

    When I was a kid my brother literally owned 50 odd...
  5. I think the game looked reasonable on the Atari,...

    I think the game looked reasonable on the Atari, especially the brown/orange sections. The Spectrum version suffered worse IMO

    Biggest problems with these systems here was the development...
  6. The scrolling is still in 8 pixel steps, its just...

    The scrolling is still in 8 pixel steps, its just scrolling faster so its less noticeable.

    Some games still play well at that speed (such as MSX Road Fighter) but if you scrolled a game like...
  7. Scrolling was an important aspect in the...

    Scrolling was an important aspect in the evolution of shmups.

    During the sort of "second wave" of arcade shmups there was a lot of experiments and gimmicks looked into as a way to keep the genre...
  8. That's cool, so the Vectrex could feasibly do...

    That's cool, so the Vectrex could feasibly do fairly up to date games in its specific early 3D niche.

    Black and White isn't really acceptable for other types of games at the time though, but then...
  9. Was the Vectrex capable of doing a close port of...

    Was the Vectrex capable of doing a close port of Star Wars arcade game back in the day? I'm having trouble grasping its capabilities tbh.

    I notice there was a clone released for it called Star...
  10. I believe the Super Mario C64 port wasn't made...

    I believe the Super Mario C64 port wasn't made from the ground up, they ported the original source code and then optimised it.

    As such its very accurate, but not particularly impressive in other...
  11. Well like I said, from my perspective the 2.5D...

    Well like I said, from my perspective the 2.5D generation is the crash generation, so that might be why you find it to be lacking in so called defining games. Late Atari 2600 games like many of those...
  12. R-Type was not a great port to C64, I think it...

    R-Type was not a great port to C64, I think it was made in about 2 weeks.

    Enforcer was made by the same person and shows the capabilities of the computer much better.

    ...
  13. Pippols looks a bit nicer, again using the...

    Pippols looks a bit nicer, again using the cheating scroll method that causes the graphics to have less variety (more often than not).


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2DekzsdkwE

    Retaliot was...
  14. I'm sure people around here used to say something...

    I'm sure people around here used to say something about the Master System having hardware support for interrupts or something?

    The two are comparable sure but the SMS is still noticeably more...
  15. I didn't say anything about the Amiga not being a...

    I didn't say anything about the Amiga not being a consumer product, I said it wasn't representative of the average computer of 1985 and as such I felt that a more advanced computer coming out at that...
  16. We were talking about consumer products, I have...

    We were talking about consumer products, I have no doubt the technology existed in 1985
  17. There are a lot of different factors involved...

    There are a lot of different factors involved with this though, such as price ranges and the cost of RAM.

    The NES for example as a console did not need to dedicate a large amount of its...
  18. But then the Atari 5200 is effectively just a...

    But then the Atari 5200 is effectively just a console version of their 8-bit computer from 1979, so that actual hardware was released the same year as the Intellivision was. Then you have the...
  19. Well we're in agreement there, but we're stuck...

    Well we're in agreement there, but we're stuck with them now so I want to complain about the logic :)


    I like it better my way as that way all of Atari's main consoles are in separate...
  20. They look higher res than the original games, but...

    They look higher res than the original games, but I guess this is just down to better design decisions, such as using colours that blend well together to make edges look less blocky. And they seem to...
  21. Heh, maybe the Intellivision should be upgraded...

    Heh, maybe the Intellivision should be upgraded to "third gen"

    Was the Intellivision really poorly utilised during its lifespan or are these new games using a lot of advanced tricks? (or is it a...
  22. The way the "generations" are set-up on Wikipedia...

    The way the "generations" are set-up on Wikipedia and such is a fairly recent thing, back in the day all the contemporary magazines called the Colecovision and the Atari 5200 the "Third Gen"...
  23. Essex in England. Have you joined a lot of the...

    Essex in England.

    Have you joined a lot of the "free stuff" Facebook groups in your local area? VHS appear from time to time, usually they're ignored.
  24. It really was just procrastination I think tbh :D...

    It really was just procrastination I think tbh :D

    Up until last year I had a literal entire wall of VHS piled from the floor to ceiling, it was just too daunting to deal with. Its much more...
  25. I watched Sam Peckinpah's The Getaway. I've been...

    I watched Sam Peckinpah's The Getaway. I've been trying to get rid of my VHS collection (yeah I should've done it 20 years ago but oh well) and some of these films I haven't seen in so long I don't...
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