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April 2, 2006 12:04 AM PST


Having grown up in the Star Wars / Atari 2600 / Commodore 64 era, I have some affection and nostalgia for old school computing and culture. Here are some links to various cool 8-bit things:

Trash80, the semi-affectionate name for the RadioShack (a.k.a. RadioSchlock) TRS-80 computer. Here, Trash80 is a musician that uses gameboys, and other oldness to write music, most notibly for the game:

Darwinia: Winners of the Independent Games Festival main award. You can download it from Steam. It reminds me of an RTS set in the world of Tron.

Tree Wave: Another band, this time creating and perfoming all music on Atari 2600s and 286s . You can download MP3s, or buy his Homestar Runner RPG (for the Atari 2600 here)

Of course, there are C-64 emulators here and here, more music, and art exhibits.

O'Reilly has a great homebrew article with loads more links.

(John's old post)

Comments (6)
Wheelson, April 4, 2006 09:58 AM:

My first computer was a PCjr. I wanted an Apple but my dad was an IBM XT man. I paid for the whole thing myself with paper route money with with all the extra's was around $ 1984!

Eventually I got an AdLib sound card for my 286. I couldn't believe that I was hearing such great music from my computer.

Thanks for the link to Darwinia, it looks sweet!

John, April 4, 2006 02:06 PM:

AdLib sound, I had forgotten. I bought an original SoundBlaster 1.0 (rev -) and it was backward compatible with AdLib.

John, April 4, 2006 02:12 PM:

Relevant link:
History of Adlib.

Paul, May 10, 2006 08:06 AM:

A cool article on Introversion Software, the makers of Darwinia.

They are coming out with a new game, Defcon which looks like a lot of fun.

Paul, May 25, 2006 02:22 PM:

I ordered Darwinia last night, so I'll post a review once I've played that a bit. Here's a write up on Introversion's trip to the US, including some photos inside Valve plus some sweet shots of San Francisco.

Paul, July 14, 2006 11:15 PM:

An interview with one of the Darwinia devs.

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